Nostrana - Literally "ours' - invokes local. Simple food from honest ingredients. Pure. Regional. Italian.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
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We have a private lot and ample free street parking.
Tri-met bus line 15
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
Nostrana Ratings and Reviews
We sat outside in the warm sunshine and ...
We sat outside in the warm sunshine and it was just wonderful. My husband had the trout with risotto cake and I had pasta. Both were delicious. The server (I never remember names) made good recommendations for both wine and food and didn't hover which was nice. All in all a very nice Father's Day. Although i have been there for lunch before, this was my first dinner and it was every bit as wonderful -- especially the radicchio salad!
Went here after hearing great things abo ...
Went here after hearing great things about the place, food, and pizza. The restaurant was nice but a little loud as it filled up. The service was slow. As for the food, the best thing was the soup. The salad was a bowl of lettuce with 4 different clusters of vegetables on top for $9. It wasn't very good, especially for the price. The pasta was very bland and the pizza was just okay. Better pizza for less elsewhere.
Love this restaurant. Amazing food. Amaz ...
Love this restaurant. Amazing food. Amazing food and ambiance. We have been here 4 times now and every time is amazing!
We have been to Nostrana over a dozen ti ...
We have been to Nostrana over a dozen times and always enjoyed it. This time however, the waiter was inattentive and non existent a good part of the time. When you pay good money you expect a good experience. They slipped this time. My friends will not be going back. Not sure about us.
There are way too many great Portland re ...
There are way too many great Portland restaurants to waste your time on this one. We had a reservation made for 8pm and waited an hour to be seated. We were repeatedly told they were waiting for the party at the table they had preassigned for us to leave, all the while party after party got seated in front of us while we waited. We finally requested to see a manager at 9pm, and wonder of wonders! We were promptly seated. We will never be back.
We had a great evening at Nostrana. Only ...
We had a great evening at Nostrana. Only had to wait ten minutes for our reserved table. We three shared an antipasto platter as a starter--everything on it was excellent. We had two different dishes made with gnocchi--mine had a meat sauce which was outstanding, as were the gnocchi--light, fluffy and tasty! Desserts were gelato, cheese plate or tartes--all excellent! This restaurant has a superb wine list--we selected a Rosso di Montalcino, and it was outstanding. This restaurant is a bit noisy for my taste--lots of hard surfaces--but others like that vibe. All in all, a very nice evening, and we'll be back!
The gnocchi was delicious and the servic ...
The gnocchi was delicious and the service was suoerb!
Enjoyed our dinner - fish, pork and pizz ...
Enjoyed our dinner - fish, pork and pizza were all tasty. Service was good. Only complaint: when I called to change 7pm reservation from 2 to 3 people, I was told I'd have to arrive at 5 pm. They couldn't add 1 person to the table because it would be too crowded and would "jeopardize the safety of the waitress." Tables easily seated 4 people. Guess they just wanted to open up a 7 pm table for someone else.
To me Nostrana is the best restaurant in ...
To me Nostrana is the best restaurant in Portland! My husband and I go about once a week. The crab pizza is amazing! The best and very unique pizza. We also love the staff here. They are so welcoming and are very knowledgable about the menu items. The service at Nostrana is phenomenal.
The charcuterie was outstanding!
The charcuterie was outstanding!
I went there with my fiance after Nostra ...
I went there with my fiance after Nostrana was ranked No.3 on the list of 101 best restaurants in Portland. I was pretty disappointed, the food was fine, but i've had much better italian food and pizza in places that didn't even make the list. I found the service to be overly attentive in some ways (like interrupting a pretty serious conversation to wipe a drop of water off the table, or refold a napkin), and then neglecting things like asking if you'd like another drink or dessert before bringing the check. We had planned on sticking around and having dessert and coffee and maybe more drinks, but the constant prodding by their staff had us itching to leave and heading to Pix. It wasn't a terrible experience, but just incredibly underwhelming for a place with such a reputation. I've had much better italian in Portland for half the price.
Friendly servers made good recommendatio ...
Friendly servers made good recommendations so that our table of 4 sampled a variety from the menu. We were all impressed. Salads could be more skillfully put together and dressings more interesting. Entrees and desserts were all delicious.
We loved the food and atmosphere. Outst ...
We loved the food and atmosphere. Outstanding dining experience ..no wonder it's rated so highly by food critics. The strawberry rhubarb crisp was a perfect finish to a wonderful meal.
Ambience was good (although the temperat ...
Ambience was good (although the temperature in the restaurant was too cold) and the food was tasty, but value is questionable. The food is very fresh but the portions are unimpressive. Didn't go there expecting large portions but I did expect a reasonably sized meal. With most of the pasta dishes near $20 and the entrees around $30++, its not a place I would go to regularly and I'm not sure I'd recommend it to friends. Even if you have disposable income like I do, there are a number of better dinner values out there, regardless of your occasion.
Vibrant ambiance, knowledgeable server, ...
Vibrant ambiance, knowledgeable server, and delicious food are the highlights of Nostrana.
Another Good Experience
Food and service were wonderful, as always. It's noisy, but worth it. This time they had clearly either overbooked or underestimated the time folks would spend there, and thus a long wait even with reservations. Maybe moving to seatings would be better?
We had a great time. Somewhat hard to ge ...
We had a great time. Somewhat hard to get a reservation. So we jumped at the opportunity. We were seated right slaw at. Had great service and the food was excellent. Waitress was very knowledgable in helping my wife decide on a wine.
Wonderful dinner - came for gnocchi nigh ...
Wonderful dinner - came for gnocchi night and also added in a salad and a pizza. The gnocchi were soft and pillowy and perfectly cooked. Great flavors and great service. Can't wait to come again and try some pastas.
The charcuterie plate was full of delectable bites of meats with different tastes and textures. The pasta was light and tender with an abundance of meat balls. And all of the desserts were great!! Our server was the greatest - big smile and very attentive. The meal just enhances my desire to go back.
one of the best Restaurants in Portland
Nostrana has to be one of the best restaurants in Portland. Great food and terrific service!
Perfect spot for a special occasion!
From the excellent service to the outstanding food, this was a great choice to take a friend out for her birthday. I had heard rumors about the head chef's many talents and the food surpassed my expectations. Highly recommended!
Nostrana's a golden nugget!
Birthday dinner celebration; friend chose Nostrana. I thought the entrée choices were limited on the night we went -- one seafood entrée. I'll return again and will have a better understanding of how/what to order. I had the mixed green salad -- could have shared this with 2 other people!--and the special crab pizza. Everything was delicious but the portions would have served two people. I assume this is done to justify the prices being charged. Overall, I enjoyed it and will go back. The ambience and service were truly outstanding.
This was basically like being in heaven.
Everything about Nostrana was perfect. The ambiance was lovely. The meal was HEAVENLY. And our server was very informative and helpful with first time guests. I would eat there everyday if I could.
This place is quickly becoming one of my ...
This place is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The ambiance is wonderful, the service excellent and the food mouth-watering. I just love it here!
Great foodie value
This place never disappoints. One of the best values in Portland.
I don't understand this restaurant; very ...
I don't understand this restaurant; very good food, great service, nice decor. But what is with the fast food plastic chairs and tables whre you can't stretch your legs. Hands down the most uncomfortable seating experience in a "nice" restaurant I have had in all of Portland.
What looks like an ordinary strip mall o ...
What looks like an ordinary strip mall on the outside becomes a beautiful, ambiance-filled, lively dining spot on the inside. Great menu, although not extensive, with a little something for everyone. Love the imported cheeses, the pizza was delicious and we loved the meatballs on "Meatball Monday." Highly recommend this great spot, especially when it's nice outside, as they have lovely patio seating too.
I can always count on a good meal at Nos ...
I can always count on a good meal at Nostrana. I like that they change the menu with the seasons, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. There is always something new and interesting and if you just want pizza , then you are set as well. The service was excellent- always available when needed but not hovering, the bread was brought out quickly and our food was served in a timely manner as well.
Took my girlfriend here for her birthday ...
Took my girlfriend here for her birthday. We both thought it wasn't anything out of the ordinary. Waiter was nice, which is always a bonus.
Good but lacks consistency
We had a faboulous experience on our previous visit to Nostrana. On this occasion the service was rushed and the check came before we had a chance for coffee or tea. It wasn't completly full so no need to turn the table that quickly. We barely had time to squeeze in a dessert order after they assumed we would be splitting the Rhubarb tart. They also seemed annoyed we ordered a flight of Amaro... Also while its nice they switch the menu I found this visit's selection and food to be below expecations
This was my second time at Nostrana. Th ...
This was my second time at Nostrana. The first was a great experience, but this visit did not live up to expectations. The service was good, but I always felt rushed to order and then to finish. We started with the shrimp fritters, which were very good, but the quantity was less than reported by our waitress. She said four, one each, but only three arrived for our table of four. She apologized, but awkward at the table. For my main, I ordered the flat iron steak, which was OK. Nothing special and lacking much flavor. My wife ordered the sanddabs with pasta, to try something new, and it was not good. She was glad there was lots of pasta, as the fish was not something she could eat. Overall a disappointing dining experience.
Gnocchi Thursday was a hit again! We ha ...
Gnocchi Thursday was a hit again! We had a sampling of different Gnocchi at the table along with pizza and "Overnight Braised Pork Shoulder". The broth in the pork shoulder was amazing! Definitely worthy of bread sopping!
Gnocchi was delicious! Pizzas were defin ...
Gnocchi was delicious! Pizzas were definitely a 2-3 person plate and the scissors were great fun.
Great drinks, food and service, plus the ...
Great drinks, food and service, plus the menu had something for everyone.
This is my second favorite restaurant in ...
This is my second favorite restaurant in Portland. LOVE THE FOOD -- sensational -- even down to the desserts -- the panna cotta is the BEST. Our server was TERRIFIC -- so happy, kind, enthusiastic. I was there for Mother's Day with my daughter, around 5:00 or so, if you could look her up. Recently on Tuesday I was there for lunch, and the food was GREAT!
As we live in SE we visit Nostrana occasionally and find consistently good food and service. Was on a Sunday and a late decision to dine out with a friend visiting from Australia so appreciate the ability to make a reservation. For a Sunday the restaurant was quite full. Noise level was louder than I remember and the only downside I could comment on. All in all appreciate that Nostrana is a consistent high quality dining experience.
We were there for a monthly get together ...
We were there for a monthly get together for friends. A few of us had been there before and the others were impressed with the food, ambiance, and friendliness of the staff. We will come again.
Wine by the glass was stale and simply n ...
Wine by the glass was stale and simply not good. Service was very slow. Also, I find it very peculiar when servers explain the food to me without me asking. Food was just OK. I expected much more for the price. Lastly, it's supposed to be an Italian restaurant but apparently there is no pasta on Thursdays.
The wait staff is slow to turn over, and ...
The wait staff is slow to turn over, and uniformly friendly and attentive. We go there for lunch on 'gnocchi Thursday' about once a month. I enjoy their wine by the glass selection. We don't go there for dinner often. When it is full, it is too noisy for conversation.
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