Portland, OR 97214
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.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
SE 14th Ave.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer a private lot and ample free street parking.
Tri-met bus line 15 stops at our front door.
Chef/Owner Cathy Whims; Executive Chef Brian Murphy
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Nostrana Ratings and Reviews
They have a great wine selection! The pi ...
They have a great wine selection! The pizza was very good however the skirt steak and pasta dishes were small portions, mediocre flavor and priced like they should be a main dish. The restaurant was freezing and very loud.
Nostrana has been one of our favorite re ...
Nostrana has been one of our favorite restaurants and it never disappoints! We were there for gnocchi night, my 20 year old daughter's fave! The most tender gnocchi. The pizza is very good and their Insalata Nostrana is a must. Save room for dessert - the fruit crisp with seasonal selection of fruit (takes 20 minutes to prepare) is outstanding with almond cream pored over the delicious topping.
Heard a lot about this restaurant. Had ...
Heard a lot about this restaurant. Had high-ish expectations going into it. Did not meet expectations:
Ordered 3 oysters - received 2
Ordered carrots side dish - did not receive
Restaurant was drafty and cold with lots of patrons wearing coats/winter hats.
- Ordered the trout - Trout used was good quality trout. But flavor was lacking. I've had better at random tourist traps in the US. For the $$, it was expensive and generally not worth $28 they charged for it.
- Oysters - the 2 that actually was brought to our table had a strong fish flavor. Some oysters are fishier than others, but this was exceptional.
- Pasta - expensive and flavor was good, but not good enough to be what Nostrana was charging.
Overall - I'm surprised there was a line at 9:30 PM when we got there given my experience with this place. This was our first time and likely will be our last. Don't get me wrong...food was good. But, for the $$ and the fact that the service was poor, there are plenty of better restaurants with similar foods that taste better and the service is significantly better. I still had a good time, but I could have had that good time somewhere else for less and gotten better food.
Fabulous, inviting, comforting ambience ...
Fabulous, inviting, comforting ambience with an open kitchen that invites a sense of belonging and community while enjoying the finest and most authentic of dishes. Service is so friendly and helpful without snobbery or obsequiousness. A true gem of Portland nestled away in the inner South East neighborhood.
It was ok. It's a beautiful place. The s ...
It was ok. It's a beautiful place. The service was amazing. The food was adequate and well presented and it tasted pretty good, I'd say. However, it felt lazy and normal, casual and boring at that price range. Maybe I had higher expectations and the food turned out to just be ok. The wine list however, is to die for. But I went for dinner. Will I recommend it? I guess. However, Portland is a foodie and there's so much great food out there!
We went here for a special dinner before ...
We went here for a special dinner before seeing a show and had a bit of sticker shock, but it was a nice meal. We were also seated next to the wall/window and it was absolutely freezing! Food was great but we were uncomfortable.
Opened at 5; arrived at 5:30 for 5:30 re ...
Opened at 5; arrived at 5:30 for 5:30 reservation. Restaurant was very cold, outside temp was at 30 but they obviously had waited as long as possible to turn the heat on. Most diners were eating in there coats. Mentioned to server that it was cold and basically got blown off! Service level went down hill from there. Food quality was average. Service poor. Ambience missing. Won't be back anytime soon,
Thought it would be really good, and it ...
Thought it would be really good, and it was reasonably good. Ravioli was disappointing. Cheesecake was excellent. Service was fine, and they left us time to visit without rushing us. provided quiet table, per our request.
What can I say about Nostrana that hasn' ...
What can I say about Nostrana that hasn't already been said many times over by a legion of loyal customers. It's great. Spectacular food, ambience, and well-priced for the quality---it's a true dining experience. My wife and I have eaten there many times. We like to take our friends there as well as family when they come to town.
First and foremost I love the food. This last visit I had pork shoulder and I can honestly say I've never had more tender and flavorful pork than this. And a generous portion as well. Salads, deserts, everything is just a cut above at Nostrana.
I'm not a foodie but I appreciate good food. I also enjoy dining in an atmosphere that is welcoming and has a sense of place. It's hard to beat the dining room at Nostrana. With the tall exposed beamed ceilings, bar with shelves about two stories high, and big beautiful windows, Nostrana provides the perfect setting for having dinner with friends or a date.
I highly recommend Nostrana.
We came to Nostrana to celebrate our 27t ...
We came to Nostrana to celebrate our 27th anniversary, and it could not have been more perfect. The food was wonderful, the service exquisite and the drinks stiff. We had a great table by the window with a view of Christmas lights in the neighborhood and out of the path of the very busy waitstaff. Thanks for a memorable evening. We will be back whenever we can get a table!!
We went for an anniversary dinner and it ...
We went for an anniversary dinner and it exceeded my expectations. We eat at a lot of places all over the country and I'd never been to this Portland gem. We went on Thursday, gnocchi night, and both had different preparations of those. So yum. We had a creamy pudding like dessert with salted Carmel on top for dessert and it was so good. Excellent service: Big wine list. It was all great.
Great experience, food and drink for my ...
Great experience, food and drink for my annual family reunion dinner with my three sons. I was an hour late with traffic but kept calling to push the time forward and you were very obliging, but it probably helped being there on a Wednesday night instead of Friday or Saturday.
I had the charcuterie board and the ox t ...
I had the charcuterie board and the ox tail ragu. Both were outstanding! The ox tail melted in the mouth and the duck liver terrine with pistachios was addictive. My friend got the gnocchi. I was surprised at how big they were. They had a beautiful crust and were perfectly creamy and light. Great dinning experience!
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