Nostrana

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3225 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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vipJudi
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service. A little too noisy for my liking, but food quality and flavor outweighed this annoyance!

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JaBrock
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite place to go ham on the best wine and food Portland has to offer. The versatility and quality are worth the expense. We often do a pasta, insalada nostrana salad, sulami pizza, and a bottle of valpolichella or nero. Our dessert consists of the 20 minute cobbler (order it with the food to assure it has time to cook), the cheeses or the delicious cheesecake. It is hard to make a wrong choice. This is paired with dessert wine or in my case, often a pear brandy. Treat yo self!

JB
JohnnyB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Menu was excellent. Simple but complete. Excellent wine list. Their sommelier was delightful. Being from Italy he was able to provide details about the various wineries that made choosing our bottle of wine for dinner really fun. You can't go wrong with any item on the menu. Did I mention the bread? They bake all their bread in house. Delizioso!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our server was great! Very attentive and friendly and really just a sweet person, the food is always good and fresh. The hostess/person who greets you (1st impressions are really important) was not into it there, were 2 people at this station neither one was friendly. If it wasn’t for the girl who was our server, it could have left a bad taste for this place. Being nice ...does it take that much effort?

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LonneyJChristy46
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music could be softer sounding, The music didn't go with the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My brother and I had a causal birthday lunch. Ordered the special meatball salad, the bay shrimp pasta, and beef ragu. At the end the wonderful GM sent housemade lime cello since we declined dessert. 11/10 food and service.

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CeciliaS
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and delicious food, however I found it overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything at this restaurant. The food was all wonderful! The atmosphere is lively sophisticated comfort. A great place for gathering with friends & family or just a fun date night.

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JanH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was impeccable and the food was delicious.

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LeslieF
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service level was top notch! Getting recommendations on wine, with taste testing was great. I felt that they took the time to make sure we were having a good experience. We found the perfect bottle to go with our scallops. Looking forward to coming back and trying more amazing dishes. Thank your for a great evening!

JB
vipJenB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot, friendly staff, good food, fun bar, good wine selection. Well worth a trip.

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MikeJ
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice place, but very expensive and very small portions for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menus selections, wonderful service, tasty food. Will come again!

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undercoverfoodie
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Came to celebrate a birthday and were seated for our reservation early. Food was excellent and the somm was helpful. Will be back again!

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DallisR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Our pasta wasn’t even that hot when served. I also ordered broccoli that I never got.... for the price I don’t think it’s worth it

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vipzimzim
Portland
53 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around - food, service and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kind attentive staff. Thank you Gina! Fantastic food, served timely and not too soon, important for large volume of food. Ribeye was fabulous!

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VivAjj
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience3

We had a 7pm reservation and were seated at 7:34. What's the point of reservations? Food was good. They offered us a complimentary appetizer, which was very thoughtful but it does not change the fact that we were made to wait 34 minutes.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and staff were great, but it is extremely noisy and difficult to have a conversation

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EvanR
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always some of the best food and service in Portland

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Couldn’t have made a single thing better. Unbelievable service, and food. The server with grey Curley (short is, like a bob) hair should get a raise!
She made our night!

CP
ChristianP
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, great food, service, and ambiance. Our only criticism was the romesco. It didn't taste of red peppers, olive oil, and almonds...it simply tasted of Tobasco. Big miss. Outside of that..all else was fantastic.

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WolfS
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I think my expectations were too high going in. When I read about a restaurant that gets high marks, I expect a lot. The food was good but didn't amaze me. Everything seemed a little bland to me. The service was wonderful. Our waitperson didn't interrupt us overly, while make sure we had everything we needed. Nostrana has a nice vibe to it and is a very attractive eatery.

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mommydoc
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for the kids and drinks for the parents! Yummy dessert too! The ragu and trout were winners.

JR
vipJeffR
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar; tangerine/Prosecco spuma and Quintessential Negroni a great start. Soup and tuna/white bean salad for one, arancini and salumi pizza for another, glass of wine with each. Excellent food and service, as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday. Had the mushroom pizza as an appetizer for the table. Ordered two trout dinners which were delicious, I had the flat iron steak -delicious also ordered the salted caramel pudding but it had another name. Well it was the best pudding we ever had. Great fun evening.

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viptessd
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

i have enjoyed many meals at nostrana but realize now that those times were not busy. saturday night - with people waiting - the noise level was high, all tolerable - unfortunately the food quality suffers. one meal was overcooked, the others just ok. i was embarrassed having brought out of town foodies here.

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IanJ
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every smart town should have a Nostrana. Small focused menu, great food, great wine list, great cocktails. The best steak in Portland and top 10 pizzas.

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vipEMM411
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. Heat food, service, and price. A Portland gem!

KC
KathyC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere but can get loud due to distance between tables. Food was very good and there was a nice variety to choose from.

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michaelw
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was as fantastic as ever, wine lis super, love it!

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matthewgibbs
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable and always good.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nostrana is consistently outstanding— the food, beverages, ambience, as well as excellent service!

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Rayray
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best possible dining experiences in SE Portland.
Just go. You'll understand.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Very friendly staff and great ambiance. Highly recommend the lentil soup, fondue and oxtail ravioli. They were all something special.

MC
MatthewC
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

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.

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ZoePatterson
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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JohnA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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