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Nostrana

4.7
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3243 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.

Support Nostrana during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3243 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipgyrfalcon
Portland
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

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.

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EnriqueR
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scared about Covid? Nostrana will take care of all your worries

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ScottS
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipTomL
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Servers congratulated us on our anniversary. We love Nostrana!

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PamK
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nostranas’ always amazing food, on the patio on a beautiful evening. What a lovely break.

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Visitor
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nostrana did a great job with al fresco dining. The contactless experience was well thought out.

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TylerC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JoshP
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

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Erika
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Nostrana is normally great. NOT during COVID. Just order to go - it was basically the same experience.

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JimP
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

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!

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Jassy220
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipJerry
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Anniversary

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JoanF
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

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vipJuliaR
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipC3Croteau
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pivot. Super safe, subset of the normal menu but all great stuff.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Don’t say you’re open for business when you have no service or options for your cus

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vipJudi
Jacksonville
19 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!

JB
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
6 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.

MJ
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
4 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
5 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!

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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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