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Caro Amico Italian Cafe, Portland, OR
Caro Amico Italian Cafe, Portland, OR
Caro Amico Italian Cafe, Portland, OR
Caro Amico Italian Cafe, Portland, OR
Caro Amico Italian Cafe, Portland, OR

Caro Amico Italian Cafe

4.6
4.6
426 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.

We are back open for both dine-in and take-out, Tuesday through Sunday, 4:00-9:00PM.


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 during the spring and summer months for Outdoor Dining . Enjoy Happy Hour in our Cozy Bar. 4:00-6:00PM.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 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
  • 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 426 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

426 Reviews
  1. AngieS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family and I had an amazing dinner here for my birthday. Everyone was so nice and helpful. Food and drinks are always delicious. I have tried so many different things from the menu and I love it all. We plan on coming back in a couple weeks for my nephew’s birthday, and I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who is a fan of delicious Italian flavors.

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  2. ScottK

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service, great food, sooooo loud downstairs.

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  3. Barb

    Portland

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This is the second time I have gotten sick from the scallops. Also, they were over cooked (2nd time). Service is usually great, not last night 😔 We love this place, what's happening?

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  4. Karen

    Portland

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great as ever and the upgrades are nice. Service was pretty bad. 4 staff in the room , two occupied tables...they're all staring at a monitor with their backs to the room while we waited like 10 minutes to order??? Maybe they're training or something.
    Caro Amico Italian CafeResponded on April 13, 2024
    Thanks for taking the time to comment on Service at Caro Amico on Tuesday, April 9. I checked it out with the staff, and you're right about the training taking place in the Dining Room. I apologize for the slow service, and have met with the crew that night and hopefully that practice won't happen again. Thanks for your interest in Caro Amico.

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  5. WandaW

    Portland

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was bland and while charged for my request of extra garlic in Aglio olio pasta, there was none instead of more. No Bolognese on the menu, but after the meal we were told they had it if you asked for it. Prices on the high side for very disappointing meals. We were double charged for one entree, but it was quickly and pleasantly resolved. Pizzas looked good and that may be there one strong point. Not likely to return.

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  6. NGray

    Portland

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best pizza anywhere! We love the square cut pieces, and there's just something so delicious about Caro Amico pizza!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yet another amazing family dinner. The staff is so friendly and we got the chance to chat with the owner. The food and drinks were excellent. Thank you!

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  8. Foodie83

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Glad we went back after the fire restoration....food is as good if not better than before....servers very professional and attentive. I would highly recommend Caro Amico.....

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  9. RICHARDG

    Portland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always great experience. Nice in house recipes with wonderful flavor and a tradition that is hard to beat. Been eating here for over 50 years .

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  10. Olivegirl2

    Portland

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat in the bar, which can get very loud. But the food was great! My favorites are the chopped salad, PSU Viking pizza and the lasagne.

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  11. MJWHEARTS

    Portland

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was long one of our very favorite restaurants but when the kitchen had a bad fire it was a couple of years before thy were able to reopen. It’s every bit as wonderful as it was before!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, service was great, wine was great. Overall a really nice experience

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  13. JessicaC

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the ambience was charming. The staff were friendly and attentive.

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  14. JayH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian food I’ve had in what feels like forever. The service was excellent. This is what going out to dinner used to feel like. I had forgotten what good service was like until I came here. Kind, attentive, polite servers, crazy good food and an old school atmosphere. This will be my new go-to spot for a date night or family dinner out

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  15. Alan

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Comfortable and reliable, just like always. Wish the menu were a bit more inventive.

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  16. JohnT

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic. Great to see this place back in full swing and didn’t disappoint.

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  17. ReneeM

    Portland

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It must have been an off night. We had a 7:15 pm reservation, along with what seemed like 5 or 6 other parties, some of which were there and others who came in after us. We checked in on time and were told it would be a few minutes and the people who checked in right after us were sat first, having the same 7:15 reservation time and ahead of others who were already there waiting. How does that work? We waited and waited while standing in the small hallway, cooks were coming in and out of the door behind us and left a big pasta sauce stain on the back of my partner's jacket from dirty dishes, only to just say, oops, sorry! We were STILL waiting 45 minutes later to get seated with no communication from the hostess this whole time; we were standing right in front of her station for most of our wait. It got down to just us and one other party who came in much later, still waiting. I finally asked and commented about the wait and seating preference and lucky she found a table for us right away, as we were ready to walk out the door! They offered us a small complimentary dessert for the wait, which was nice, but we will not be rushing back there anytime soon.
    Caro Amico Italian CafeResponded on February 26, 2024
    RENEE--Thank You for your feedback, and I am so sorry for your unfortunate experience in the long wait and subsequent confusion. You caught us on overload, and we apologize for your inconvenience.

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  18. GinaR

    Portland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVE Caro Amico’s!! I am so happy they’re open again! The remodel is beautiful! The food is phenomenal and the service was excellent!!

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  19. ChrisC

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time and the food was delicious. Always fun getting a visit from Elsie!

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  20. JakeL

    Portland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Upon arrival, we were informed that our 7:30 dinner reservation only allowed us 15 minutes to order before the kitchen closed for the evening. Other members of our dinner party arrived at 7:32 and were locked out of the restaurant. Upon eventual entry, they were asked if they had a reservation instead of receiving an apology for the inconvenience. Very disappointing conduct from one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants.
    Caro Amico Italian CafeResponded on February 20, 2024
    JAKE--I apologize for your inconvenience as to seating on Sunday, February 18. Sorry for all the confusion and sense of urgency about ordering early on. On your next visit to Caro Amico, ask for Elsie, and we'll have a nice bottle of Italian wine for you to enjoy.

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  21. David

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Spumoni ice cream is the best, food was outstanding along with great service. The proprietor made you feel very welcome. We will definitely go back.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Parmesan in a shaker bottle was a bit disappointing for the price of everything. Server had weird vibes but the food was delicious.

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  23. KirkD

    Portland

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Pasta swimming in oil Server spoke to my date but ignored me Better tables available on 3rd floor Other options for my money in the future

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  24. MarkS

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Av very pleasant and relaxing dining experience for myself and my wife

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  25. CynthiaB

    Portland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful Valentine’s dinner. Everything was perfect. Will look forward to going again soon.

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  26. dlomax

    Portland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had our Valentine's Day dinner at Caro Amico. It was vry busy even at 5:30pm so we were lucky to get the last spot in their small parking lot. We were seated quickly and, recently remodeled, the placelooked great with many window with a view of the eastside. The server was very friendly and the garlic bread and a Caesar Salad we shared were delicious while we waited for our meal. While taking awhile to arrive the pasta were so good, wild mushroom ravioli in a cream sauce and fettuccini with shrimp. Worth waiting for and with the friendly staff stopping by to chat we had a very nice evening on ourspecial occassion dinner.

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  27. ChrisS

    Portland

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Food and Great Service Always!! Elsie runs a 1st Class Operation 👍🏼👍🏼

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  28. JacquelineM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was looking for veal parmigiana … wasn’t disappointed: excellent. The vegetables served with it were excellent too —- perfectly cooked. And the penne also!! Other entree was Scampi! Nine large shrimp. Great fresh pasta and delicious.

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  29. BradD

    Portland

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    One of the few places in Portland with Manicotti, which is a friend's favorite meal. The food is fine and reasonably priced but the menu is limited in that there are no small plates unless someone wants to share. The restaurant doesn't serve soup or half salads and the appetizers cost as much as the entrees. Parking is limited and if the lot is full, parking in the surrounding neighborhood is not convenient.

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  30. StinaOh

    Portland

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed a fabulous dinner. We were surprised we were seated early, ahead of our reservation. We requested a quiet corner because of husband’s hearing loss and our booth was perfect. Our server was very attentive but did pester. She was very helpful and friendly. Dinner was expensive but we will return! So nice to have Caro Amico back to us!

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  31. Chris

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Not that the food wasn't good but I guess for the Portland area the food here is considered pretty good. I do think their red marinara sauces were very good.

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  32. Lulu27

    Portland

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was wonderful and so was the service! Definitely plan to revisit this great restaurant.

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  33. Montrachet4me

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Classic Portland restaurant. Superb Italian food. Wonderful service.

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  34. Jennifer

    London

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Don’t know how I’d not heard of this place, because it’s apparently been around for quite a while, but so glad I know about it now! Really really delicious Italian food, and a friendly and fun atmosphere. The waitstaff is very patient as we took a while to get through drinks and appies and decide what delicious pastas and entrees to order. It’s definitely our new go-to place for family dinners and special occasions!

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  35. beertownbill

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first visit since the fire. Same great food and atmosphere. They don't accept MasterCard (or at least that it was our server said after our card was rejected.) Somewhat embarrassing. Thank goodness I also had a debit card on my person.

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  36. pfdforbes

    Portland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our table was ready and waiting at our reserved time. Menus, water and a friendly greeting welcomed us to the table. Beverage order taken. Beverages brought table side. Order was taken. All diners food orders arrived simultaneously and were warm. Portions plentiful. Good value for the investment. Checked back after a few minutes to make sure all was as we had ordered. Water was refreshed. Bread was not part of the meal. Saw no mention of bread on the menu. Forgot to ask available. Plates cleared. Dessert menus brought. Hot coffee was offered and served. No wait for bill. "Thank you for joining us this evening. See you next time" departure send off. Lovely evening with out of state visitors and local person who had never been before.

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  37. WendyM

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful view. Great service. Enjoy the Grapefruit drop before dinner.

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  38. SusanH

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Same place we always remembered. Delicious and enjoyable

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  39. Foodie

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This was our first time eating here. We had a 5:30 reservation for a 7:30 symphony performance which we told them about. We did not get our meal until 6:30 p.m. Although our server was apologetic it didn’t help for the timing of our evening. We thought the food didn’t have a lot of flavor, but we loved the garlic bread. The place was packed so maybe we just had an unfortunate experience.

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  40. SarahP

    Portland

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Italian food, paired with great service and perfect ambience! You can’t go wrong!! The pesto angel hair pasta with Italian sausage is to die for and be sure to try the spumoni ice cream for dessert🤤.

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FAQs

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

Caro Amico Italian Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 426 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Caro Amico Italian Cafe

3606 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97239

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Pennoyer
  • Neighborhood
    Southwest Portland
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
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