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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
Italian, Wine Bar, Pizzeria
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.
Brian Murphy; Chef/Owner Cathy Whims
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Nostrana Ratings and Reviews
Nostrana has a great ambiance and is quite loud and energetic but not over the top. The service was certainly good but this is a large restaurant and the service on a Saturday night was not as personal as I would have expected.
Food was good but not exceptional. We had crostini and it came very differently that expected with the mushroom topping in a bowl and one large slice of toasted bread. Rather hard to divide up between 4 people. Tasty but not something I would order next time.
The burata was good but portion was small.
2 pizzas were shared and both were good but not as good as at Ken's Artisanal Pizza.
Wine list was very good.
We enjoyed our evening but for my money Piazza Italia or Cafe Mingo are still my favorites!
We love this place! The food is fresh, seasonal and always good. The service was excellent. Our only complaint is the noise level. The restaurant is extremely loud and we were seated next to a large party until we asked to be moved. They were very accommodating and moved us a few tables away, which helped a lot but it was still noisy overall. All that said, next time, we'll maybe try the bar.
In general it was an okay restaurant, but for the price, the service was sub par. While the sommelier was good, the server was short with us and appeared worn out by life. The appetizers were great, the main course offerings were limited, and not varied enough, in my opinion. I'd give it a B grade, in light of the expense to value ratio.
Everyone who works at Nostrana seems infused with good vibes - from the reservation hostess to the servers to the visibly busy cooking staff. I had not had the pleasure, before, of eating outside, and last Sunday was a warm evening, and my old friends and I felt it was almost an enchanted everning. The drinks were great and the food truly delicious. Our server was exceptionally gracious, her timing with being attentive to us was spot-on. Thanks to all and Chef Cathy Whims at the helm.
The hostesses were extremely friendly and even though we arrived an hour early, we were able to order drinks and wait till our table was ready. There was plenty of seating for the folks waiting to be seated. Our sever, the busser and the folks that brought our food our were exceptional.
The drinks were amazing. The food was delightful and the service was excellent. For the amazing quality of food which was served , the restaurant is moderately priced and we were surprised our bill was so low.
We will definitely be back when we are in Portland next time around.
Nostrana has been one of our favorite restaurants for years and a go-to for taking out of town visitors or celebrating a birthday or anniversary, as well as an anytime spot for a great meal. We were celebrating a birthday on this visit, and were able to score counter seating to watch the kitchen crew in action. We ordered the Insalata Nostrana, which is a must every time, and tried the clam pizza on the menu, with mama lil' peppers, garlic & oregano and smoked mozzarella. We had a lovely bottle of Sicilian white wine, the "Lucido" Marco De Bartole 2015 - lovely. Everything was delicious! Dessert was our favorite, the butterscotch budino. We are looking forward to our next meal at Nostrana!
We had our first meal at Nostrana for our anniversary and it is clear why this is a neighborhood favorite. You get very attentive service and a good range of entrees at different price options and excellent wood-fired authentic italian style pizza and a very good wine selection to boot.
Nostrana changes the menu frequently which keeps things fresh and interesting. We came back the very next week and had a similar experience. I'm sure we will be back many times!
Whenever we travel to Oregon from the Midwest to visit family, we stop here. In fact, we go out of our way to eat at Nostrana. Gnocchi Thursday is on my kids request list. The wine list is awesome. The handcrafted cocktails and kid-tails are amazing (especially the fresh ginger mocktail). Their Nostrana salad is so good it just can't be duplicated. Seriously, if you have just one night in Portland, head to Nostrana. You will not be disappointed!
We made a reservation on Open Table for six people at 7.30PM on Wednesday and arrived promptly. We were not seated till 8PM. It took another 20 minutes + for the waiter to give us any attention. We were three couples - my wife and I, my attorney and his wife and my financial advisor and his wife. My wife and I are of Indian descent and were hosting and paying for the dinner. But, the waiter found it inconvenient to give us any attention. She forgot my wine order and did not try to correct her error. The place was packed for a weekday, but then reservations are there for a reason. The only thing the waitress remembered was her tip. She added a 20% tip without checking with me (may be it is standard practice and I don't have too much of an issue with that). Management - I am sure that you are aware that being the top in the restaurant business can be short-lived.
We made our reservation through Open Table and had to wait just a short time. The ambiance is very pleasant with lots of warm wood used in the creation of the space, high ceilings and a notable bar area. We sat by the window and enjoyed the complementary bread and olive oil. The olive oil is excellent! Cheese plate was great, too. The buffalo creamy cheese was my favorite. Our mixed salad was very fresh tasting and chilled. We had a bit of trouble with the olive oil and vinegar dressing that is poured from cruets because we were unfamiliar with the amount that pours. Consequently, a bit too much vinegar; yet, it was tasty just the same. The smoked trout with pasta was very, very good. Lemony cream sauce was just the right amount of tangy and rich. Very nice dish! The server was very attentive and helpful. Our only disappointments were the noise level and sitting indoors when we asked the host about sitting outside. The place is noisier that I prefer. The outdoor seating area is quieter and so I asked to sit outside. The host insisted that our table inside was almost ready and he was not placing any other customers outside due to poor air quality (forest fires in the area). A couple of hours later when we exited the restaurant there were still customers sitting outside! I suppose I should have been more forceful in my request.
Another wonderful meal at Nostrana! We had delicious cocktails (blackberry with cava and tamarind margarita), the Summer Lettuces salad (delicious with subtle flavors), the phenomenally flavorful goat cheese stuffed pappardelle, and the seasonal fruit crisp with tasty almond cream sauce! Delicious!!! Will keep coming back whenever I'm home in PDX!!!
We had a fantastic time. We came for dessert and drinks at a busy Friday night time and were treated with incredible welcome and warmth. The bartender was sparkling with energy, and she offered great guidance on cocktails and wine. We were wowed by the ambience and very much enjoyed the new pastry chef take on tiramasu and the balance of a delicious cheese plate. A wonderful experience and already looking forward to coming back. In a city full of special eating, this place truly stands out with the sense of old world warmth and contemporary vibe and take on food.
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