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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.
Portland, OR 97214
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
Nostrana's has been out favorite restaurant in the Portland area since we moved here twelve years ago. No matter the day, the season, we are never disappointed. Their pastas are exquisite, the steaks tender and flavorful, the wines - so much I could say - and of course, the radicchio salad - Kathy's creation. We have taken so many friends and family members here, that speaks to our satisfaction. Well done!!
Nostrana is one of my go to spots and never disappoints. The friendly and professional staff make you feel comfortable as soon as you enter the doors. The beautiful decor and layout of the open kitchen is an impeccable combination with the amazing tastes of each of their dishes. Perfect portions also, I left feeling just right.
Great food and very authentic. The house Caesar is amazing and unique as it is with radicchio. The pasta with goat cheese was the best. Beautiful outdoor space on a lovely summer evening. Best of all they make parking easy. They have a great lot which can be tough in SE Portland
We celebrated a family birthday there on the recommendation of a family friend. We were very pleased. The atmosphere was great, bustling but not too noisy ... it just had an energy. The staff was very friendly and attentive. We already having a good time and enjoying some wine.. and then the food came... Wow. In a group of 5 everyone tasted something off each plate because each of us was convinced we had ordered the "best" entree. Next time we are in Portland, we will definitley be smiling areturn visit.
Nostrums is one of our goto restaurants to take out of town guests. The ambiance is a arm and inviting, but not cozy as the space is quite large. The natural wood of the roof is fantastic. It provided a feeling perfect for the Pacific Northwest. This last visit allowed us to start with a Margarita pizza topped with Mama Lil's peppers we could add ourselves. The pizza was great...even better than normal. My wife decided to have the Nostrana salad (radicchio with Caesar dressing) for her dinner. Great as usual. My eight year old granddaughter and I had the calamari pasta, good but it could have used more sauce and garlic. Our daughter had the special ravioli which she loved. Overall, a wonderful dining experience.
Special birthday occasion, (this restaurant does nothing). Delicious radicchio salad and excellent 2 1/2 lbs $80.00 St Helena rib steak, (takes 40 min to prepare). Empty beer glass for 15 min, empty bread plate (never asked if we'd like more with our dinner), server was not personable or friendly. She made it seem as if she was doing us a favor by having to serve us. Would defiantly return, but not if service was this poor.
We had a reservation for four at 7pm. We arrived on time and the hostess greeted us outside (not sure why this happened) near the entrance to the outdoor seating area. She said she would check on table but never returned. After waiting ten or so minutes, we eventually went inside and asked if our table was ready. It was pretty busy with people waiting so I suppose she just didn't have a chance to come back outside and tell us our table was ready. Had we not been greeted outside in the first place, none of this would not have been an issue.
Service was fine, but we all agreed that the food presentation could have been better. Two people ordered the Trout because it featured fava beans, but were disappointed when there were none. We should have been made aware of this when we ordered. The chuck steak was interesting, but could have used some sort of garnish to offset the bland appearance.
Since I've gone this far, I might as well mention my most nitpicky item of being offered dessert by multiple waiters. While you can tell that the waiters were trained not to ask IF we wanted dessert and instead to just start rattling off what the desserts are, we should not have hear it twice.
Overall a pleasant experience, but I'd expect more from a restaurant that isn't all that humble when it comes to promoting itself.
Nostrana never disappoints. Of special note this time was our extraordinary server. I don't know her name, but she deserves a BIG shout-out. We were a large group of seven, which included three very hungry children. Our server anticipated every need and made certain the lunch was perfectly orchestrated. Brava!
I met with my daughter to have a nice lunch visit. We were seated promptly and our waiter was on spot, no problem there. We asked for some coffee and I liked that it was served in cups with saucers, but they were just half full; they seemed chintzy. Why not a full cup of coffee. That put me off a bit. The Nostrana ensalata was pretty good with a good tangy flavor although a bit over the top with the cheese. The bread is delicious for sure and we enjoyed that.
We ordered a charcuterie plate to share and one of the meats was off, and the kitchen agreed. My daughter went to the bathroom to spit it out as she feared it might make her sick if she swallowed it. Not the kind of experience you want at a restaurant. That did not stimulate our appetite for the rest of the plate but we did taste all of it, I did anyway and was disappointed.
I thought the plate looked skimpy rather than generous, and weird rather than interesting and inviting. I was leery to eat the pickled veg, they were such fake colors but I tried and they were unremarkable. The trout pate was good but I couldn't find a condiment that really complemented it, so I smeared it on the bread with a little of the oil. I tried different combinations with the condiments and nothing seemed to really combine in an interesting or tasty way with anything else.
We were not charged for the charcuterie plate and that was fair but I was really disappointed; I have enjoyed meals there before and feel reluctant to try again now.
This is the best Italian in Portland but it's very upscale. Spaghetti is rarely on the menu. Cocktails are gorgeous and exciting.
Wine by the glass is good but expensive. Bottles can be a good deal. The flavors are precise and intense. Get out of your comfort zone.
It was a glorious evening, we dined on the patio and the food was delicious and beautifully presented. We had the Friday evening fish and pasta special; fresh pasta, perfectly prepared with shrimp and artichoke hearts. The lemon, wine and parsley flavors were light and complemented the pasta. We look forward to returning as the folks at the next table were raving about the goat cheese filled pasta - they were ready to lick their plates. We indulged in dessert and were not disappointed. We had one order of vanilla gelato with chocolate sauce and one order of the most refreshing prosecco and raspberry sorbet - perfect summer desserts. We loved the unique and fun cocktail and wine selections.
What a great meal! We were looking to revisit Rome while home in Portland. Great, food, menu, wine list (even the extra one to replace the one we wanted) and dessert.
The service was very attentive and we enjoyed early seating accommodation.
Will definitely be back!
The food was good, but a little lackluster for the price. It was a tough recovery after finding some funky, stringy chunks in the meatballs. The setting was nice, and the service was great. Maybe we ordered wrong, but what we got was not exciting or left a "wow" response. $100 for two people... I would hope to be left feeling like it was a nice treat.
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