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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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
porcini, shiitake, oyster, cremini, crme frache, parmigiano, chervil
Almond praline, chantilly cream. Wine Pairing: Vino Santo 'Arle', Pravis 2005 - $7 / $14
Cup of Soup
I really wanted to Iike Nostrana. We have been there several times before the weirdness of Covid and it had been great. This time not so much. It had been one of out favorite places. The seating was alright. The server informed us we had to order online. Ordering was very cumbersome. Thankfully one of us knew enough about smart phones and computers to complete our order and submit it. The server when asked for some help or if they had some paper menus was a very negative.
The drinks and salads were served promptly as were the entrees. By served I mean the food was put on a table about 6 feet from our table and was left for one of us to get. The second round of drinks weren’t as prompt and required signally the server to ask about the drinks. The food was on paper plates. The drinks, salads and entrees were brought to the distant table by two or three different people.
A gratuity of 20 % was automatically added to the bill. There was no range like 10%, 15%, 20%, or custom amount.
It isn’t one of our favorite places anymore. Their method of ordering and service should be rethought.
Scared about Covid? Nostrana will take care of all your worries
Nostrana is taking precaution very seriously and that is appreciated. The food at Nostrana is so good that all the changes in dining experience just melt away.
Wonderful as always. Servers congratulated us on our anniversary. We love Nostrana!
Nostranas’ always amazing food, on the patio on a beautiful evening. What a lovely break.
Nostrana did a great job with al fresco dining. The contactless experience was well thought out.
Another great experience at Nostrana! I am always amazed by their care for their customers. I have never seen a business put as much care into social distancing and sanitization as they do. Even though they stuck to the CDC regulations, they were still relational and personal. Truly they adapted incredibly well to the current situation. With all that to say, the food was everything I could’ve hoped for yet again. I will be back sooner rather than later.
I know we are in strange times.
The hostess was wonderful and our seats were fine.
There was very little help with the online ordering.
We figured it out on our own.
We saw employees inside Nostrana but there was very little service or advice on the menu.
We had to go to the servers for questions.
We understand the social distancing and protecting the employees but they could’ve come over and asked how our meal was while keeping distanced.
The food was outstanding as always.
Nostrana is normally great. NOT during COVID. Just order to go - it was basically the same experience.
Covid 19 demands change but Nostrana's response is bizarre, heartless. Second to arrive, we were sent to a sunny table on a 90+ day. No, we could not sit at one of the many possibilities in the shade. Those tables never filled over the next 90 minutes and a couple arriving after us were seated at a four chair table in the shade.
It took us thirty minutes to order four plates and two beverages in trying to use the not so friendly QR reader set up. Service?!...no. Pick up your orders "over there." All four plates of food arrived within two minutes of one another. Cold pizza, anyone?!
The smart play, if there is one, might be to take out. We've dined at Nostrana for many years and always enjoyed the food. This time, not so much.
Happy Anniversary?...not so much!
Outdoor seating, order using a QR code, felt very easy and safe. And delicious as usual! So happy to feel comfortable dining out. They made it easy.
We always enjoy the food, this time as well but there was no ambiance due to the fact that we had to order via their app while sitting at our table, it felt just like take out and we went to Nostrana with the purpose of enjoying outdoor seating BUT with service, this was a very big letdown!
Covid precautions. V limited menu. App to order on your phone. Not intuitive. Takes a long time to order. Auto 20% tip. You serve yourself from a table at doorway. Outside seating.
Loved the set up on the patio, allowed us to enjoy a beautiful evening. The food was maybe better than I had hoped for and we enjoyed every bite. The ordering system worked fine for us (others had a problem that night) drinks and appetizers first, then a bottle of wine with a Nostrana salad, their potato salad side dish and the crab fettuccine after as our main.
Great pivot. Super safe, subset of the normal menu but all great stuff.
Don’t say you’re open for business when you have no service or options for your cus
Amazing food and service. A little too noisy for my liking, but food quality and flavor outweighed this annoyance!
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!
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!
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?
Music could be softer sounding, The music didn't go with the atmosphere.
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.
Very friendly staff and delicious food, however I found it overpriced.
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.
The service was impeccable and the food was delicious.
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!
Great spot, friendly staff, good food, fun bar, good wine selection. Well worth a trip.
Nice place, but very expensive and very small portions for the price.
Great menus selections, wonderful service, tasty food. Will come again!
Came to celebrate a birthday and were seated for our reservation early. Food was excellent and the somm was helpful. Will be back again!
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
Great all around - food, service and atmosphere.
Kind attentive staff. Thank you Gina! Fantastic food, served timely and not too soon, important for large volume of food. Ribeye was fabulous!
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.
The food and staff were great, but it is extremely noisy and difficult to have a conversation
As always some of the best food and service in Portland
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!
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.
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.
Nostrana is rated 4.7 stars by 3243 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.