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“Best dinner during our stay in Portland”
Review of Nel Centro

Nel Centro
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Ranked #124 of 4,890 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: American, Italian, Pizza, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Description: Cuisine of the French & Italian Riviera. Fine dining in Theater District of Downtown Portland with spacious year round patio. Adjacent to the Hotel Modera. Close to Portland State University.
Reviewed 8 May 2018

Ate here our last night in Portland after multiple previous so-so restaurants.
Loved the open, bright, airy decor. Good wine selection but somewhat limited by the glass or carafe. Started out with the calamari with chili aioli and must say, was some of the best we've ever had - tender, perfectly cooked and breaded with awesome aioli that really complimented and enhance the dish. Followed that up with the dungeness crab spaghetti (had to try it) and my wife selecting the Pappardelle, which she loved. Her being second-generation Italian, that says a lot about the dish. Spaghetti was good, a little to 'seafoody' for me by the end but a worthwhile dish. Finished it up by sharing the Tiramisu Bombe with rum caramel sauce - it was the best thing of the night - shiny chocolate over a extremely light and subtly flavored pastry. Personally, not a big tiramisu fan (too much coffee flavor usually) but we fought over the last piece!
Great attentive staff and surprising overall inexpensive. Would definitely go again.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Thank Tony B
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NelCentro, General Manager at Nel Centro, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2018

Thank you for dining with us while you visited Portland! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your meal, the ambiance and the service! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. We hope to be of service to you again on your next trip to PDX!

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Reviewed 20 April 2018

My wife went here one weekday evening after a meeting in downtown Portland nearby. Everything about the dinner was perfect. The atmosphere was very warm and friendly but yet we felt in our own space. We sat in a very comfortable booth. Our server was Emily who was so friendly and offered great suggestions. My wife is a vegetarian and there was many options for her. She said the salad was the best she had ever tasted. It had a lot of different greens, herbs and was the freshest salad she had ever had. The bread was wonderful dipped in the very good olive oil which Emily gave a sample for us to take home and told us all good things about Seka Hills olive oil which we ordered online later from the company. I had the bowl of different seafood which was so good. We will be back to eat at this restaurant again! all thumbs up!!!

Date of visit: December 2017
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Thank 514jackd
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Happy Hour is amazing. Very unique and great food and Great date night! Love the fire pit on cool evenings.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank mleatha
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

This is a very casual dinner spot and we have always enjoyed our meals here. My husband had the salmon special and I had the short ribs, both were delicious. The only complaint I had is that we asked for bread and later found out that they charged us $3 instead of letting us know that there would be a charge.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank FLB
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

We stumbled onto this place for lunch on a Saturday afternoon and could have easily stayed for dinner. The decor is minimalist modern with understated hip vibe. We started with perfect spicy-level Bloody Marys and shared a few plates recommended by our very attentive server. The menu seemed pretty standard fare, but our meals were ridiculously good - Kale Caesar Salad, Italian Sausage Pizza, Curry Soup (definitely my favorite), and Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich. Amazing flavors - definitely recommend!

Date of visit: March 2018
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Thank jmicad
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