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About Nostrana

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.

1401 SE Morrison
Portland, OR 97214
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Wine Bar, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
SE 14th Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 234-2427

Website:
http://nostrana.com/

Parking Details:
We offer a private lot and ample free street parking.

Public Transit:
Tri-met bus line 15 stops at our front door.

Executive Chef:
Brian Murphy; Chef/Owner Cathy Whims

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

Nostrana Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
2
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (84)
Special Occasion (75)
Good for a Date (74)
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Local Ingredients (70)
Notable Wine List (60)
Creative Cuisine (60)
Authentic (58)
Good for Anniversaries (57)
Neighborhood Gem (57)
Good for Birthdays (55)
Worth the Drive (43)
Casual (42)
Fun (38)
Handcrafted Cocktails (38)
Good for Groups (37)
Bar Seating (36)
Romantic (35)
Business Meals (29)
Comfort Food (28)
Great for Lunch (28)
Seasonal (26)
Hot Spot (25)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Healthy (20)
Cozy (19)
Good Vegetarian Options (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Happy Hour (16)
Late-night Find (11)
People Watching (11)
Organic (11)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Disabled Access (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tapas (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Portland)·Dined 2 days ago

The restaurant is lively and the service was excellent. I was disappointed in the food. I ordered the pork which was very dry. My husband liked his chicken. Perhaps, i ‘ll return to try the pizza.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and a very good wine selection. This laid-back spot on the South East side of town is amazing. The service is prompt and attentive without being overbearing and the food is simple, rich, and cooked to perfection. One of my all time favorite Italian food locations.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined 3 days ago

This restaurant was fabulous. The pizza, grilled octopus and cocktails were really great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

This was my fourth visit in the last 12 months and not the best experience, but still a favorite place of mine. Since in winter, pretty hard to see the menu's without the natural light streaming in during the lighter months. Had a pizza and two Nostrana salads for four and then the pork roast and flat iron steak. Pork roast was pretty hard/dry and could have used some more sauce on the plate - this really has been the only disappointing entree I have had here. Flat iron steak very tasty and we ordered another one after finishing up the first two entrees. I had asked to speak with Wine steward, but he never made it over as it seemed he had larger tables that kept him occupied. I ended up choosing for myself but would have like some help navigating the Italian wines. Server was very good.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

Truly enjoyed the excellent meal and service. Nostrana has a nice vibe and is very comfortable for all kinds of occasions.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Always a great meal; Meatball Monday particularly fun. Food and drink offer old favorites and new options, with excellent gluten-free choices as well, with knowledgeable servers. Our favorites are the pizza, tuna-white bean salad, soup, roasted cauliflower, and amari flight for dessert.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

We have always enjoyed the food here and today was no exception. Unfortunately, my meatball and pasta were almost cold. Everyone else had warm to hot food, so I said nothing. I would also add that for six meatball and pasta the price seemed high. The tomato bisque was wonderful. The sandwich also had six meatballs and cost seven dollars less than the pasta. Seems odd. The desert of cheesecake was exceptional. And finally the salads were typical and great. The service and endless cup of coffee were great. They have excellent wines of which we all enjoyed. While it is all very good, expect to pay up. A lunch for three was $108 plus tip.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Nostrana did a wonderful job making my one year anniversary with my girlfriend feel special. Great food, service, and drinks!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

Nostrana always has great food and great service. Our server forgot to order our apple crisp and we had to wait longer for it to be prepared, but otherwise service was very attentive and good (that was the only reason I didn't give service 5 stars).

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This is the second time I’ve been to Nostrana and the food is even more delicious! It did feel like the servers were overwhelmed a bit being a busy Saturday night. The service was fine, nothing notable except that the wine steward/sommelier seems to not enjoy smiling. He almost felt annoyed to be at our table to pour. None of this would deter me from returning because they serve some amazing food! The place can be very noisy during the nights because it is so busy, so not a great option if you like quiet conversation.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Wow. I wish I lived in Portland just so I could go back frequently. Had a lot of fantastic meals in my life but this might contend for the championship. We had wine, cheese course, salad course, mains (all pasta was fab, as was the pork!), then split 3 desserts, and NONE of it was in unremarkable. The vibe is also awesome and cozy. Go here. You won't regret it -- and you definitely need the reservation!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Fun, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Nostrana was good, but with so many restaurants in Portland - we don't have any particular reason to come back. Salad mista was a simple green salad in a bowl and required us to dress, toss and serve it ourselves. (the table we were seated at was very high and made that difficult without standing-up). Our table had the crab fettuccine and a ragu --- while the pasta itself was perfect on both, the crab fettuccine sauce was very subtle and not well seasoned; and the ragu seemed a bit dry and lacking flavor. We've had better at other venues around town. The service was decent, but a bit detached.

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This busy spot is consistently good and never fails to deliver. The service is excellent and friendly, and the changing menu always has something fantastic. We usually reserve an early table before an event at Revolution Hall or Holocene.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Noisy & crowded...... the highlight of the meal was when I discovered a live fruit fly swimming in my beer. Unfortunately I would not go back..... on a lighter note the pizza was tasty... but I’m afraid I was not overly impressed The server did remove the cost of my beer from the bill but it was a total turn off .... an unfortunate experience

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 7, 2018

50th Birthday Dinner

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We went for my birthday dinner (10 people total) and had a wonderful time! Everyone was happy with their meals and had no complaints! The cocktails were very tasty as well. The service is top notch and you certainly do not go wanting for anything. The noise level is high (small space, lots of people) so it would not be suitable for a romantic dinner. If you're not going for that, then Nostrana is perfect for any other occasion! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Good to very good but not every dish outstanding. Will give it another try to see if it was just the night or just me.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food and service. Really enjoyed the experience.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Food was very good and the service was very attentive. Felt the food portion size was small. Had ravioli which was about 12 small pieces. For $21 felt it was not enough especialy when you consider it's not expensive to make.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

I love the ambiance — sophisticated and rustic, but easy and charming. Lovely spot for a late night happy hour and the best pasta I've had thus far in Portland! Try their bolognese with fettucine.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The Nostrana salad is always wonderful, the wine selection just fine. The “sommelier” or whatever she was never brought my guest a taste of teroldego, which she was interested in trying. Finally our server brought it and neither of us liked it, though I know my wine. Irrelevant. My guest
found something she liked, though the wines by the glass are more esoteric than I think appropriate. the rosato from Corsica hit the mark, though. The scallops smoked over cherry wood were overpowered by the smokiness and were an unsuccessful effort. I had a better scallop dish at the Bay House in Lincoln City three nights later.
Our server did an excellent job. The mains were a bit out of sync...
Ten minutes sooner would have been better, though we weren’t in a hurry.
Though I am a longtime Nostrana fan, I was not thoroughly pleased with the meal or the service.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We always love our visits here. The staff is professional, warm, and efficient. The food is perfect every time. Great for a salad & pizza, and also perfect for a few course formal meal. Cocktails & wine list are well thought out & executed perfectly. You won’t regret the visit.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Pros: parking, atmosphere, cheese board, drink selection, staff

Things that might be improved
- 20 min wait despite having a reservation
- undercooked pasta with under seasoned and sauce-less bolognese/ragu
- portion of lasagna was small, top layer with truffles was burnt to a crisp

We were so excited to try Nostrana based on its reviews. We were sad (and hungry at the end!) to be disappointed by the quality and quantity of the food.

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Outstanding restaurant. Service, food, wine list were impeccable. A true gem, this little star easily outshines it’s competition.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is one of our favorite spots! Food is fantastic! Always have the perfect wine to compliment the meal. Service is outstanding!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Nostrana is our go to restaurant for a delicious Italian meal. Creative menu that has something for every need, great service, knowledgeable servers for food taste and wine parings. For me personally, the best whiskey sours in PDX.

We were there on New Years Eve and the only challenge was the noise level.

Will continue to return for a great dining experience!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were celebrating our 39 th wedding anniversary! Our server, Bernadette served us the best meal with wine pairing for each of the 4 courses! Everything was spot-on! Perfect! We thoroughly enjoyed everything at Nostrana!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Here’s the list of what we had to ask for:
Balsamic for the bread
A spoon to actually use the balsamic
An ice bucket for our $100+ bottle of white
Salt and pepper (granted, high end restaurants often don’t supply this but this is a high end neighborhood spot - drop the pretense)

The rest:
Wine steward suggested a good wine but then we didn’t see him again until 1.5 hrs later when he tried to refill our glasses with an empty bottle.

And, why does the salad get served with not great red wine vinegar and oil (on the side, no complaint with that) and balsamic is never an offered option? Cost cutting?

Very good food but not great standards re: dining experience overall.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I'd recommend Nostrana for any occasion. Still my favorite restaurant in Portland and greater Portland area.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food, cocktails too sweet & unnecessary bamboo sticks for garnish.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Gnocchi was fabulous. Loved the atmosphere of the restaurant, would highly recommend it, and can’t wait to go back. Could use a bigger selection of wine by the glass.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 28, 2017

As usual delicious food, great service, thank you !

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fun, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Organic
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Nostrana is great. The pizzas looked fabulous and our dinners were very good, especially the chicken which had this amazing carmelized onion relish. The wine list is very pricey, but excellent and we did feel a little rushed for having such an extravagant dinner ( maybe due to bar seating) but you really can’t go wrong here for a nice dinner splurge!

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We try to eat at Nostrana every time we're in town. It's one of my 5 or 10 favorite restaurants in the US. While the food may have fallen off a notch or two over the years, it is still excellent. The service, ambiance, and creative cocktails make it worth a visit. I would eat here if it were simply a generic red sauce Italian joint. The food is much better than that though. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Caesar was phenomenal and gnocchi Thursday is the best, good fast service for being super packed! ❤️

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 22, 2017

My husband and I have been to Nostrana many times and wanted our friends to try it. They were very happy they tried it and will definitely return

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Another great celebration at Nostrana. The service was excellent and the food fantastic. We only had 90 minutes (pre theater dinner) and our server made it all happen beautifully!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

The food is excellent! So is the service! We had a great time having dinner at Nostrana. Highly recommended!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Limited pasta selection. Disappointing pizza, noisy and dated.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Delicious food and great service as always.
Order the Nostrana salad and butterscotch pudding!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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