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Caro Amico Italian Cafe

4.5
4.5
325 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Caro Amico Italian Cafe is located in a venerable mid-century building on Barbur Boulevard, just 20 blocks south of downtown Portland. As of Tuesday, March 17, Caro Amico will offer Take Out and Delivery Service Only. In House dining will be discontinued by order of the Governor until further notice.

Call Post Mates or Grub Hub for Delivery Orders. Call 503-223-6895 for Take-Out Orders.
Take Out can be picked up as usual in the Bar.











Full of history, memories, & Frank Sinatra songs from the 60's, Caro Amico qualifies for 'traditional' in the City's treasured old family restaurants. Situated just below 'Pill Hill,' Caro offers a view of Portland's burgeoning high rise waterfront and, of course, the 21st Century Aerial Tram as it makes its way from the waterfront below to the University Hospitals and Offices above.

Our Deck is open now for Outdoor Dining. Enjoy Happy Hour on the Deck or in our Cozy Bar. 5:00-6:00PM.


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This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (503) 223-6895

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Gabriel Tapia

  • Private party facilities

    Our Hood View Dining Room is located on the top floor of Caro Amico. It isa comfortable welcoming room which has hosted hundreds of guests over the years. Receptions, Buffets, Sit-Down dinners, Maria or Butch can accommodate your needs. The room is in demand during the Holidays, so call for information now, and get your reservation locked up.

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Portland

  • Cross street

    Pennoyer

  • Parking details

    Caro Amico has an adjacent parking lot. Street parking is also available.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

What 325 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. LC

    LaraC

    Portland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our evening at Caro Amico and look forward to many more!
  2. WS

    WillS

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    My favorite
  3. g

    greg

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, great service, even better view! Thank u caro amico
  4. ML

    MelissaL

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view from the deck with social distancing. Very friendly staff accommodated all our means. The food was delicious We had drinks and wine and dessert everything was perfect
  5. SH

    SusanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Italian food at a long time Portland establishment. Always a great treat to go there. Love this place
  6. I

    Iris

    London

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Superb , authentic, Italian cuisine Friendly, responsive service
  7. IN

    INGVOL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our favorite Italian place to eat!! Celena is the sweetest server and the food is outstanding! Highly recommend the garlic bread, lasagna and Sagelands cab!! Classic rat pack music is a plus as well!
  8. CM

    CatherineM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    excellent italian food with wonderful service. great place to go for a birthday or anniversary.
  9. SS

    SusanS

    Portland

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to dine here. The eggplant dish was tasty but the vegetable was undercooked and tough to cut and chew.
  10. N

    Niteout3224

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this Restaraunt. The servers are very helpful. Food is wonderful. The noise level is a little loud but that’s why we always go early.
  11. LE

    LaurieEgger

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb service and food, as always, was delicious, flavorful and served in a timely manner! First time we have sat in the bar and it was cozy quiet booth for our date night, staff very attentive! Always our favorite place to dine - my husband said YES to my marriage proposal in 2017! :)
  12. DB

    DwaineB

    Portland

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    It’s was as good as we remembered from 23 years ago. Food excellent, staff friendly decor probably could use a refresh. Will definitely go back!
  13. K

    Kayncrew

    Portland

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Been going here for years. Food is always great. Lasagna, meatballs pasta carbonara, excellent!! Our waiter, Brohim, was amazing. Recommended a wonderful syrah and took great care of us.
  14. VN

    VickieN

    Portland

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wow, I've lived in this area for 35 years and never been to this neighborhood gem. Loved it. Wonderful food!
  15. JJ

    JacobJ

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A cute little house-converted restaurant tucked away off of Barbur. Elsie, the owner, stopped by the store where I work and gave me her business card with a note on the back to get a free pizza any time I wanted to stop by. We ordered the PSU Viking (with roasted garlic? I know it sounds strange, but it was delicious!) and Elsie happened to be at the restaurant that night, walking around and talking to guests. She’s very attentive, and clearly knows how to run a restaurant. I’m only docking a couple points for service because we had a hard time getting a server’s attention multiple times throughout our dinner, but it was Valentines Day and they were very busy so it’s completely understandable! Overall I’d highly recommend stopping in to get some high-quality Italian cuisine in a very down-to-earth atmosphere. Thank you Elsie!
  16. BC

    BillC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Caro Amico is my go-to Italian restaurant. The owner is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and the food is perfetto! My sweetheart and I had a romantic dinner while watching the full Snow Moon rise over the Cascade Range.
  17. RL

    RobinL

    Portland

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    This place needs to be remodeled. It smells so bad! As soon as you walk in, it smells like grandma’s moldy basement. So that set the tone for the meal. I get that it’s an institution, but I could see how business could continue to decline. Hanging on the twinkly light view and the dedication of regulars...
  18. DP

    DavidP

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far our favorite in town. In fact we will celebrate Valentines Day here. So, at the risk of making it more difficult to make a reservation in the future, we happily submit this 5 star review!
  19. B

    Bill

    Portland

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Wonderful We will be back
  20. l

    lisat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was visiting my sons in Portland from the northeast. The food was on par with one of the best Italian restaurants in the Northend of Boston. Superb.
  21. MS

    MikeS

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've Been going to Caro Amico for over 40 years, excellent as usual
  22. m

    mountainwench

    Seattle

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday! Perfect food, lovely service. Thanks for making it special.
  23. MM

    MarkM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2020

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Took my wife, my mother and mother in law to dinner for my wife's birthday. The waiter did not even bother to ask if we wanted anything to drink, then brought bread. We ate the bread which was hard and may destroy your mouth (maybe that's the plan) then the waiter starts bringing our orders without clearing any of the dishes from appetizers. My mother in law literally held her dish out for him as he placed her plate down, and he completely ignored it. We had to pile the dishes up ourselves and ask him to take them PLEASE. Simply garbage experience. Still tipped him 30%. Cause that's what you do.
  24. EN

    EileenN

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our meal. Everything was great. We will be back.
  25. FR

    FoodieRideorDie

    Portland

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. Amazing service and lovely atmosphere. Food was delish!
  26. SM

    ScottM

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We usually order the Pasta Putanesca with a shared Caesar Salad. Good old time ambience, delicious food and good wine/cocktails.
  27. B

    Bistro

    Munich

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    classic American Italian place. Always good. Genuine and authentic, not trendy. Old school bar is amazing.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food was overpriced and tasted mediocre
  29. MK

    MaureenK

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We feel like we found a hidden gem after our other reservation fell through!! So happy to get a last minute table for 8 on a Satieday evening. Went without knowing anything about Carol Amico and everyone in our group was very impressed and happy with their meal. We will return on our next visit from Seattle
  30. K

    Katia

    Portland

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Loved this place since the '50s, when it was where most Portlanders enjoyed their first bite of pizza. Coming in the door one was greeted by the scent of Italian herbs, the crust was thin and crispy, the minestrone divine. Sorry to say that is no more. Soup recipe is changed, crust is inconsistent, and this time tasteless and not crisp. Chop salad is good, but don't think cheese was Italian. As it is quieter we prefer sitting in the bar. This visit it was a real treat as the bartender was fun to watch, and in spite of being very busy mixing drinks, was a very efficient server as well. While we miss Butch as our greeter we very much enjoy his replacement. She is quite gracious, and reacted immediately when told of the messy state of womens' tiny restroom. Overall, at this point I would be cautious about recommending it to friends.
  31. SM

    ScottM

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Caro Amico has a great atmosphere and the food is consistently excellent. We've been coming here for years and plan to continue. Our favorite is the Pasta Putanesca.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is incredible!!
  33. K

    Kathryn

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Three of us were celebrating a birthday at Caro Amico. We each decided to order pizza. Two of us ordered the smaller 8” personal size. What a surprise to see the plentiful amount of toppings on them, much more than we had anticipated. Flavors were wonderful ... fresh. Personnel were all prompt, most friendly and helpful. A good time and dinner was had!
  34. C

    Charles

    Portland

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Ambiance best when patio dining available. Can be occ irregular depending on cooking staff Good drinks and wine list
  35. L

    Lilylover

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a delightful place for a group. The setting is nice, and the food and service are outstanding!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Solid food. Excellent service. A PDX classic.
  37. T

    Theresa

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I had dinner with my family of 6 the night before Thanksgiving. The food, wine, menu selection was wonderful and at a great price, too! We will definitely be back!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The owner is very nice and explained some of the history of the Italian neighborhood.
  40. LG

    LisaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was yummy, staff was friendly, and I loved the old world feel of it!

FAQs

Caro Amico Italian Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Caro Amico Italian Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 325 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Logo image for Postmates

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pennoyer

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Caro Amico has an adjacent parking lot. Street parking is also available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gabriel Tapia

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (503) 223-6895

  • Private party facilities

    Our Hood View Dining Room is located on the top floor of Caro Amico. It isa comfortable welcoming room which has hosted hundreds of guests over the years. Receptions, Buffets, Sit-Down dinners, Maria or Butch can accommodate your needs. The room is in demand during the Holidays, so call for information now, and get your reservation locked up.

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