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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Nostrana Ratings and Reviews
Nostrana was, as always, wonderful. My ...
Nostrana was, as always, wonderful. My friend and I had pizzas perfectly made. Her husband had pork shoulder with Polenta that was outstanding. You can find out where the meat comes from. Server helped with his wine pairing, gave good advice.
I arrived with my lunch guest on time an ...
I arrived with my lunch guest on time and was immediately seated. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive but not overly so. Information regarding the menu was helpful and timely. Our orders were taken in a timely manner and the meal arrived in a reasonable time. The food was well prepared and delicious and portion sizes were generous. In all it was a great lunch experience and I would not hesitate to return for another meal.
What works - Nice dining, attentive serv ...
What works - Nice dining, attentive service, creative plates.
What doesn't - Overpriced cocktails, kinda noisy, so-so pizza, not enough plant-based options, and the standard Portland, table of diners; go figure it yourself how to split up the bill.
A great find! Only found it a couple of ...
A great find! Only found it a couple of months ago and have already gone twice. They have a new menu every day, depending on what fresh ingredients are available. The three pasta dishes we have tried so far have been outstanding. A little pricey, but SO worth it.
I'd been wanting to try Nostrana for age ...
I'd been wanting to try Nostrana for ages. Our meal was delicious and the service was excellent. We really enjoyed ourselves. It was far more than I would typically spend for a meal but I loved every bite, especially their gnocchi.
Great lunch. Tomato soup was divine duri ...
Great lunch. Tomato soup was divine during this stormy weather, roasted trout with cauliflower also excellent as was the pros Ecco with puréed pears. However, for the life of me I still don't understand why after all these years in business and with the rave reviews the service continues to be inconsistent. Our waitperson was very present during the first part of the meal but completely spaced out at the end when we were trying to get her attention that we needed our check and have some food boxed to take home. If this was the first time this has happened would be a different issue but this happens almost every time I have eaten there: inconsistent service!
Over a year now and we finally made it!! ...
Over a year now and we finally made it!!! Thank goodness because we won't be waiting a year for our second visit. The food was amazing!!! That Papparadelle was mind blowing, we have talked about it several times since. Great experience overall!
We enjoyed our celebration of my wife's ...
We enjoyed our celebration of my wife's birthday at Nostrana. We do not often eat at fine/pricey restaurants, so this was definitely a treat. The prices were certainly higher than most places, but worth the cost. We had a delicious radicchio salad, the salumi pizza, and the apple crisp. I imagine their pastas and entrees are even more impressive. The pizza was absolutely delicious and came from their wood-fired oven. The Apple Crisp was the surprise star of the evening though, having also been cooked in the wood oven. The caramelized sugar had a depth of flavor you couldn't get even from a torch. Amazing.
We spent a week in the NW for our 10th a ...
We spent a week in the NW for our 10th anniversary. I found several sites that recommended Nostrana as an outstanding restaurant and one of the best in Portland. We ordered a cesar and pizza for appetizers and then split an entre. The salad was the best part of the meal. The Salume Pizza was good and the Idaho Trout (entre) which was recommended by our unfriendly waitress was ok. We also ordered the Tiramisu that was made with a very light cream. Overall, not worth the price to put up with a cold waitress and okay food on a special occassion. They brought us a candle in the shape of a rooster because it was our anniversary. I guess that was nice? Not sure, I laughed because it seemed silly.
Nostrana is a favorite place of mine and ...
Nostrana is a favorite place of mine and I took my granddaughter to dinner there for her first time. It was Gnocchi Thursday we had the Tomato Butter Sauce #3 on Nostrana's killer gnocchi. My granddaughter who indicated she had liked the gnocchi at Olive Garden (don't laugh please) was blown away by what Nostrana's "real gnocchi" tasted like. It tastes like exquisitely soft buttery potato pillows that practically melt in your mouth! And of course the Tomato Butter Sauce #3 is such a perfect tasty accompaniment to gnocchi or pasta. The drinks, wine, Nostrana salad, entree and desserts were pleasers to make for a memorable fun evening. The service was hospitable, professional and it seemed as though the minute I noted any needs at the table, the waiter was right there attending to it.
We went to meet with associates and have ...
We went to meet with associates and have a meal. The service was excellent, the food delicious and the drinks, perfect complement. Thursday is gnocchi night, so that is what two of us had. It was light and silky smooth with great, delicious sauces. We also shared the carrots and one of us had the roasted chicken which is always a winner. And, we had a pepper and sausage pizza which is also perfection with a thin tasty crust. The wine selection is mostly Italian and exceptional even by the glass. Finally we topped it off with coffee, no dessert. We will be back,
The tables are an awkward size/shape for ...
The tables are an awkward size/shape for parties of more than 4. The 2 average-size men who shared one side of our square table both mentioned how awkward it was. Service was terribly slow. We were there for over 3 hours waiting long periods of time between courses. Wanted to be tempted by dessert offerings, but because the meal had gone so long already, we couldn't be.
Just a shame, because the food really was good. Sad that these other things tainted the experience.
Our pasta dishes were outstanding, and t ...
Our pasta dishes were outstanding, and the veggie selection was broad (and all of them were delicious). Cocktails were wonderful and the service was really, really impressive! We've already recommended it to friends and would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a meal where your dress can be casual but your dining experience will be five-star! How the chef hasn't yet won (despite multiple nominations) a James Beard award is beyond us. We've eaten at many restaurants with "winning" chefs, and this experience was definitely at or above that level!
We were very disappointed. This was our ...
We were very disappointed. This was our 3rd try....and have been disappointed each time.
We will never go back. Our friends had eaten there a week earlier and raved about the gnocchi and boul. sauce. Was hoping to have one of those.....but they change the menu each day.
Was not happy with what they offered....and ordered several pasta dishes and the very expensive steak meal. What a rip off that was! Although their pasta is fresh, the sauce was nothing to get excited about. Had the margarita pizza for app. and was disappointed in that too. Only great item was the dessert...apple crisp and a caramel pudding type dish.
We will stick with DeCarli's in Beaverton for Italian!
We were seated right on time for our res ...
We were seated right on time for our reservation. The service was exceptionally good. We had an enjoyable time. It is a loud environment, and so it makes it difficult to hear well. So if you're there with a group, you'll probably only be able to converse with those next to yourself. (We were their once with a large group, and we had no idea what other conversations were going on.) However, for a couple or perhaps 4 people, it's fine.
The food is great; the architecture and decor are interesting; the service is excellent! For us, dining in this local is a special event, worth the expense.
I've recommended Nostrana to several visitors and tourists seeking one of Portland's best restaurants.
Nostrana was delicious and very accommod ...
Nostrana was delicious and very accommodating for a large party (12 people). They had a set menu that we enjoyed. The food was great. The only feedback was that the pace of the meal was very slow. I never like to be rushed, but the pace could be picked up a bit so we weren't waiting between courses.
It was a very busy night, we had reserva ...
It was a very busy night, we had reservations, but still had to wait for a bit. The food was good but not for the price, very small portions. They do make a great cocktail, but you have to pay over 10 dollars for them, which is becoming the norm. I don't think I will go back.
I have a son with anaphylaxis to dairy, ...
I have a son with anaphylaxis to dairy, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. As you can imagine, dining out can be very difficult for us. We were celebrating a birthday and Nostrana was able to accommodate my son's food allergies. My son had a calamari appetizer, was able to eat the bread (which is never usually the case) and he had a pizza without the cheese. Nostrana also made my meal, flank steak and vegetables, free of his allergens so that he could nibble on my food as well. Dinner was delicious, the service was excellent and the food was safe for my son! It was a wonderful experience.
After eight years decided to return. Was ...
After eight years decided to return. Wasn't as good as I remember. Menu items were very unique and interesting. Service was lifeless. Young girl with no personality at all. My fav pizza came out rather soggy. No firewood flavor to speak of. Their signature apple cobbler was undercooked but did taste heavenly. I will return in the hopes it was just a bad day and late may I say.
My husband and I had a lovely experience ...
My husband and I had a lovely experience at Nostrana. Our service was warm, attentive and professional; our meal, which included two starters, the 'straw and hay' pasta, the Tagliata steak and housemade nectarine sorbet were all delicious, refined, inventive, and executed expertly. We chose an excellent bottle of Corsican Rose-Gris to pair with our meal. Our evening was magical.
The hostess is the worst part of the re ...
The hostess is the worst part of the restaurant despite this is the best Italian restaurant in Portland. They never have a warm greeting and always show cold faces. It always makes me wondering why they took the job If they are not able to smile. Today, again, at the door, my girlfriend and I were told right away by a ice cold hostess, that our table is already booked for 7:30pm, so it is implying we have to leave at 7:30pm??? Well, when does Nostrana start 2 hours policy?? Of course, the hostess's face is such unpleasantly arrogant.
By the way, our entree came at 7pm, we had to rush to finish the meal, and skipped deserts. The hostess kept checking on our table.
Food is very superb, waiters and waitresses are very attentive, however, the owner gotta think about their hostess. In such competitive service industry, especially in Portland, they have to train them to be a better image of Nostrana, not some girls play a snob at the door.
2 hours of dinner policy???? What is the manager thinking? Do the customers have a right to stay as long as they want without being intentionally pushed out?
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