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
Some of the most truly excellent food I have ever eaten. The front of house staff were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and helped pick a couple of different excellent wines to accompany our meal. It's not exactly the cheapest place around, but the prices are reasonable for the kind of food you get, and the service is excellent. The decor in the restaurant itself feels a little bit off? Unbalanced? The only other downside was that dining early in the evening, there were a number of families with children, who, to their credit, were all reasonably well behaved.
This is one place that i love coming back to every once in awhile. It's a place that makes your mouth water when you smell the food that is being cooked right in front of you at the open kitchen, or from across the way at your table. It has a very Portland feel going on and it caters to people that don't want to spend to much or someone that wants something amazing.
Our meal was delicious. I wanted to order something new, but ended up ordering the exact same thing as a prior visit because it's so good -- oven roasted trout. Our server knew how to pace the courses, which was great. Only drawback is the noise level, but in spite of that, we can't wait to go back!
We treated my Mom to her birthday dinner here. She and my Dad had never been and both loved everything, as did we. Excellent food, wouldn't change a thing. Service was outstanding: friendly and fun, professional and not bothersome at all. Loved it and will keep coming back!
Had a reservation, still had to wait almost an hour before we got a table. That just beats the purpose of having a reservation. And then no apology was made.
Food is great, but just the service kills the overall experience. That was probably the last time we dine there; going to try some other place next time.
We are fairly new to Portland, so it was our first time at Nostrana. Came because we heard the pizza was great. However, we ended up NOT ordering pizza this visit after seeing the rest of the menu. Instead, we shared the Insalata Nostrana, the Charcuterie plate, and the Wood Oven-Roasted Idaho Trout. Oh, and a lovely bottle of wine. Absolutely everything - from the friendliness and professionalism of the wait staff and Sommelier, to the preparation and flavors of the food - was most excellent.
Will definitely return ASAP.
The place is nice however where we were seated I kept having staff bump me and my chair also I was bumped by customers. the noise level was almost to loud. I felt I had to yell to my friends draped material on the ceiling would really help with the noise levels
The food was fantastic and the service excellent. Two of us were early for our reservation and one of us was late -- the staff never made us feel rushed. We each ordered something different and all dinners were delicious and nicely presented. The cobbler is amazing, and so was the butterscotch budino. Overall, a really nice place.
Had been meaning to go hear for years and finally got the opportunity with a small family group. Was VERY impressed with everything except for the noise level, which was higher than ideal. Service was excellent with clearing of utensils and cleaning of table between servings along with very knowledgeable servers and a nice Italian wine menu. Food was perfectly prepared with some great and original flavor combinations. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Service was great, as was the ambiance. The food fell short though, in particular the crispy fried calamari over capellini. It lacked flavor, but mostly it was not a good pairing. It likely would have been better if the calamari had been grilled or fried in olive oil with garlic. Instead, it was lightly battered and deep fried. Just didn't go with the angel hair pasta. Other dishes were good, but not great. For the price there are much better options in Portland.
We could write 500 words about Nostrana, but the fact that you need a reservation on Tuesday speaks volumes. Nostrana is just about perfect: the menu retains some standards that should be retained forever yet is inventive and always includes new dishes, the bar is massively stocked and the bartenders are superb, the staff know their menu and the table service is spot-on, and they take reservations! The chairs could be more comfortable, and the waiting area needs to be expanded given demand!
Kudos to the front of the house for squeezing three of us into a 2-top when we had accidentally only reserved for two! It was gracious. Pizza was that genuine thin crust with few toppings' a real Italian version. Our sauteed brussels sprouts and a plate of garlic spinach, both exquisite. Service polite and even friendly.
Nostrana is fashionable; crowded, loud , people waiting in the hall and the doorway. Gives one a feeling of being someplace hip. I'd call wine at $11 and up per glass kind of pricey. You don't come here for a bargain, or for a quiet conversation, or as a last minute decision. It's a great place to say you've been!
Absolutely love this restaurant. Their crab pizza and Nostrana salad are so ridiculously good. We drove from the west side at rush hour to take advantage of a rare date night. This is by far my favorite restaurant. We gave gift cards to our friends for Christmas so they can enjoy it too (and hopefully invite us).
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 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 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.
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