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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
411 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

7:00 PM


Booked 17 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 411 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
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Portland

    Kid-friendly

  • Portland

    Neighborhood gem

  • Portland

    Italian

411 Reviews
  1. Alan

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  2. JohnT

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  3. ReneeM

    Portland

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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 5 days ago
    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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  4. GinaR

    Portland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  5. ChrisC

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Lulu27

    Portland

    77 reviews

    5.0

    77 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. Lily

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So delicious! We had a great happy hour with some coworkers and are looking forward to going back!

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  28. thekitchenthymes

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We hadn't been to Caro Amico literally for years and were pleasantly surprised at the nice renovation, service and quality of food. My only "complaint" is that cannoli wasn't on the dessert menu.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the perfect post wedding dress shopping dinner with my amazing soon-to-be DIL and daughter. So many smiles greeted us and the wild mushroom ravioli was just so rich and delicious. It was a perfect way to end the day!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So glad to again dine at Caro Amico’s following a long re-model. Food and service were excellent. View of the Willamette River adds to the ambience. One of our favorite spots.

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  31. BethM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is always been one of my favorite places since my first visit. We always sit in the lounge, which is the best. One of those old-fashioned places that will be hard to replace. I never thought I’d see those doors open again after the fire but they did, and I am so happy about that. I love Caro Amico.

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  32. Gigi

    Portland

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely dinner, our food was served hot and the flavors were amazing! The scallops were cooked to perfection, and the chicken piccata was very flavorful. Our service was good even with it being a busy evening. Definitely will return again!

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  33. MarkS

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner for New Year's Eve. We'll be back.

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  34. VondaV

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was attentive, nice ambiance. Bread and marinara was best part of meal. Had canneloni. Small meat pieces were dry and tasted burnt. Filling in canneloni was dry. Italian Greek salad was good. Might try restaurant again.

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  35. MichelleS

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A simply wonderful experience. Food to die for, service unparalleled and just a real gem of a place for Italian cuisine.

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  36. LisaS

    Portland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice little joint. The food was great as was the service. This was our first time here but certainly not our last

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  37. Terrys

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our only disappointment was the fact that there is only one restroom for women and one for men and each of these 2 restrooms only accommodates 1 person each!! The food was excellent and our server was great

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  38. JimB

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit since the restaurant reopened following the fire that had closed the restaurant for a long time. Everything was as good as before.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal at Caro Amico ! We always enjoy it and are so glad it has reopened.

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  40. EvaC

    Portland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this place. It's the long-time, neighborhood restaurant with amazing food, and a welcoming ambiance. So happy it is open again! Our sons came from Chicago and Seattle to revisit this family tradition.

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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 411 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 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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