Nostrana

4.7
2391 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(503) 234-2427
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brian Murphy; Chef/Owner Cathy Whims
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
SE 14th Ave.
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Parking details
We offer a private lot and ample free street parking.
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Public transit
Tri-met bus line 15 stops at our front door.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a celebratory set menu in 3 courses, plus flourishes. Something new this year: in an effort to offer the best possible menu — with the broadest possible array of choices, we'll be in touch to solicit your party's menu preferences prior to the big event. View the menu at: nostrana.com/nye

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What 2391 People Are Saying
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TK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here to celebrate a holiday luncheon with a colleague. It was a great experience. The food was fresh and amazing.

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SG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best service I’ve ever experienced in Portland.

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CB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Guy and I brought our friend here for her birthday dinner, it was a fantastic meal, one of the best we'd had in a long time. Local fresh menu, great mood lighting, great service, the food was perfect, my husband did not have any complaints and he is a hard man to please. The birthday girl felt special and we all had a great time. Looking forward to our next visit!!

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JM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in Portland! Always great food and attentive service!!!

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D
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Great vibe. Love the open fire oven. Very clean, very nice atmosphere. Expect to spend some time between sitting, ordering, and receiving food. They seem to be under the impression that high end dinning is an experience best had over a longer period of time. Not a good place for a quick business lunch, better for those date nights where you really have a lot to talk about.

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Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service,food and atmosphere

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F
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nostrana's food is consistently delicious. Service is always great and we look forward to eating there on our date nights

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DS
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We received excellent and attentive service throughout our meal. The food and wine was delicious, and our server offered great recommendations when asked.

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D
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the staff at this restaurant are always fabulous! I had a cheeseless pizza and my partner had steak. Both were so delicious! Always a pleasure.

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KS
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Nostrana because I heard it was a great spot in Portland. Went for dinner and the service was amazing, and the food was great! Would definitely go again and bring people here from out of town.

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JC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, service and food were all fantastic! Relied on recommendations from our server and they were all spot on. Can't wait to return!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrating 15th Anniversary but there for just a great dinner. Sat at the bar and Ross was great on drink AND food suggestions. Super friendly and valuable advice on food and drink.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A simply wonderful meal start tk

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T
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nostrana is my go-to place for a weeknight meal, celebrations or visits from out-of-town friends. It fits the bill for all occasions!

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Portland
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The pork was cooked perfectly. They were very accommodating for my dietary restrictions and Joel was an excellent server. We really enjoyed our evening.

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JG
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went for lunch and found the menu very uninteresting. I'm assuming the dinner menu is better so we will try itagain for dinner this time

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a birthday!

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MS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have had many meals here and they have never disappointed me.

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DH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another delicious and inventive meal at Nostrana! What a great find - sparkling service, fantastic food and delicious drinks. Great place for a special occasion, a date, or just a rough Tuesday.

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Portland
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food

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Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family of 4 gathered for Thanksgiving weekend coming from Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Washington. We had a perfect dinner on Sat night.

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BB
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our fourth time at your excellent restaurant! We're from southern Oregon, so we don't get there often, but your bar and restaurant is always on the list. The pasta is so tender and the sauces always light and refreshing.

We recommend your establishment to all our friends, and wish we lived closer!

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h
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Waitress was very poor. Waitress was disinterested and acted like she didnt't like us. Irritable with any requests. The clams on the clam pizza tasted very fishy.Dish was a huge dissappointment. Sales were excellent. Ambience is good. Overall disappointed based on price, quality of food and service.

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PM
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Really cool vibe to the space. Innovative drinks and food. Can’t wait to go back.

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LC
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Our table ordered both meat and non-meat dishes for main courses- my vegetarian rigatoni pasta dish was cooked perfectly and we shared a good mushroom and arugula pizza, a salad and bruschetta that our table along with a bottle of good red wine. Creative, well-prepared Italian dishes served in a loud and bustling atmosphere. Friendly service and prompt delivery of the courses.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good experience. Service is great . Food is the best. Decoration is perfect . Awesome

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. This has become my go to restaurant for entertaining out of visitors

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TE
Portland
97 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always consistent, service personnel well trained, Excellent wine list & knowledgeable staff. In the warm months a lovely outside seating area. Parking can be difficult. Pizza is one of the best I've had in the States!
Always busy so make a reservation in advance :)

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KJ
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The restaurant was busy, parking lot full (parking is abysmal), but the energy and front of house staff is warm and welcoming. Even offering drinks while we waited for our table to become available.

That and the individual (I assume manager) that took our check we’re the highlights of our night at Nostrana.

Our server was cold, abrupt, disinterested, and if we didn’t have a good sense of humor might have ruined our special evening. There seemed to be no discernible reason why and several of her peers (not all) seemed to treat their respective tables in a similar manner.

When our meal did arrive (in record time with a delivery that seemed beyond rushed), the food was cold/not completely cooked.

Honestly, we could not wait to get out and have dessert at a place that might treat us in an almost friendly manner.

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San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Pizza was mostly burned on the back which made it so bitter. Our server was ok not warm. I thought the enoteca next door was way better

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Portland
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love coming here to enjoy their pizza. Fresh ingredients and minimal cheese!

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AH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The happy hour was incredible for pricing and selection.

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BD
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nostrana never disappoints. Every meal there is a blessing.

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PM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great spot with delicious, dependable new Italian food. Meticulous flavor, presentation and service. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a solid really good place in Portland that guests who are a little less adventurous can really enjoy and this is our go to for that-not at all stodgy but not frightening with lovely atmosphere and great wine-a gem!

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MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Small portions and over-priced relative to the quality. It's difficult to find good Italian food in Portland to begin with, but unfortunately this place reinforced that theme for me.

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K
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a 6:00 reservation and were 5 minutes late. Not a big deal but we had a 730 show-so had to be out by 7:15. Then due to diners lingering (which I get, it’s a great place to linger) we still hadn’t been seated by 6:30. That’s when the manager proved why she has that job. She took us up to a space that is normally for private parties, seated us, took our order and turned our whole experience upside down. We were all impressed with the service from several different team members working together to make sure we were taken care of. We could easily have been forgotten in that quiet space but it was spectacular! Not a dry glass or empty plate. We were in line on time and sat in our seats with maybe 5 minutes to spare! Yet another amazing dinner at Nostrana. BTW this is not normal. I have never had to wait for seating when I have a reservation.

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HM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

Our experience at Nostrana was just ok, which is a shame because we had high hopes. We came here for a birthday at 8pm on a Sunday night. We were seated right away and our server was attentive and friendly.

Our disappointment was that two of the things we wanted to try were no longer available. I specifically brought someone here because Nostrana carried their favorite dishes; we weren’t able to try any of them. We even asked for a specific dessert at the start of the meal and our server said he would hold one. He conveniently “forgot” and so it sold out and we didn’t get to try it. The very least they could have done was comp our coffees or drinks; there was no apology at all.

We thoroughly enjoyed our choices, but honestly might not bother coming back. It’s ok if a popular dish sells out at the end of the night on a Friday or Saturday, but the kitchen was clearly unprepared.

We also indicated not only a birthday but an anniversary (same day) on our reservation and there was no special touch - something we have received at just about every other restaurant we’ve been to for a special occasion.

A shame because Nostrana has the potential to be an excellent restaurant, but customer service goes a long way.

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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had to wait 15 minutes to get our table, but everything (service, food, drinks) more than made up for it.

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AJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Food is overpriced and portions while good are small

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Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another excellent meal @ Nostrana. The best charcuterie plate around. Low key, capable service - inviting environment. Excellent place to gather - we had a great birthday dinner.

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