Caro Amico Italian Cafe

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
Caro Amico Italian Cafe is located in a venerable mid-century building on Barbur Boulevard, just 20 blocks south of downtown Portland. 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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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

R
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good classic old school Italian food and ambiance.

R
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son-in-law and I had a lovely dinner at Caro Amico. We had some serious talking to do and the staff was so great. Food was the usual—fantastic!

OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The presentation of the meal was just perfect. The cacophony of flavors lead up to an orgasmic culinary crescendo paired with a gorgeous chianti that was extraordinary...just delightful and perfect.

BH
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a warm welcome here. The view is very nice, the staff are friendly and the food is excellent.

KS
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here every year for our Anniversary. Its cozy, friendly, warm. Gorgeous view and the food is AMAZING! We love the Tiramisu! They also have a wonderful wine selection. The service is always great & the servers are friendly. We highly recommend this lovely restaurant!

u
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining with well prepared and presented meals in a beautiful and historic atmosphere.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always, superb service and ambiance

S
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took my 15 yo daughter here, this was our guest time. Wanted Italian food, but did not want to drive into downtown. So we tried the place for the first time, and we were very pleased. Decore, was simple order style, which was fine for us. The hostess, and waiters were so friendly, with great service. Our garlic prawns appetizer was delicious, and not overcooked. Both of our pastor was just wonderful. We had lava cake for dessert, and that was also very delicious. We would definitely come back

m
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I have not had a pizza at Caro Amico's for a number of years. In my memory, the hand made crust was always excellent as well as the ingredients. This time my pizza crust tasted like something that came out of the grocery freezer. In addition, the mozzarella (I presume) was poor quality. Our waiter was excellent, but I was disappointed in my meal.

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

This was a dinner that I planned with my in-laws in town. When we arrived no one was at the check in station for seating. Then we waited for 2-3 minutes for the staff to come and greet us. Once we were seated, the waiter took a long time to come to the table and then they ran out of the wine we requested...absolutely unimpressed. The waiter used verbiage like “what do you want” and had ABSOLUTELY NO SOCIAL SKILLS. He made the whole table feel uncomfortable and was honestly the reason I 100% won’t be returning. The food was okay, the garlic bread was small. The restaurant was so loud the waiter kept saying “what!?” I wasn’t offered desert. I wasn’t offered an alternative to the BOTTLE OF WINE I ATTEMPTED TO ORDER. There should have been a better service. Also I was celebrating two birthdays which we were not ever told happy birthday by the server when mentioned. Don’t come here for special occasions.

ON
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Service was very good and solicitous. Cocktails were good. Two of our party had the scallop pasta, which was excellent. One had the ravioli in red sauce. The sauce simply was not very good. We don't make a practice of sending dishes back, but in this case, that's what we did. The booth was cramped and not very comfortable. If you go, we'd highly recommend the scallops but all in all, we probably will not go back.

CY
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

We loved the owner of the restaurant. She found out we were from Hawaii and shared with us her stories of her husband being stationed in Hawaii and her children being born there. She walked around chatting with various patrons.

It was a Friday, so it was packed and the service was a bit slow. It it was expected with the number of people seated. It’s very noisy in this restaurant. People with hearing aids might have a hard time. It was a pretty place though. Cozy.

The bread was tasty. Crusty on the outside, soft on the inside. Caesar salad to share was delicious.

For dinner, some of it was excellent and some just ok. My dad got the pan seared scallops with linguine in a cream sauce. The scallops were excellent but his sauce was just ok. My boyfriend ordered the chicken piccata. The sauce was the best of all our dishes. The chicken was dry and hard. I ordered the carbonara. That was tasty. Big chunks of pancetta.

We would definitely come here again. There’s some patio seating which looks nice for summer time. The parking lot is super small. But free parking. Love that you can make Open Table reservations.

RR
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of the best Italian restaurants in the Portland metropolitan area.

OT
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service and food is wonderful!
This is one of our favorite places to eat.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were great. Food was fantastic. Can’t wait to go again and try something new!

a
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place that the whole family can enjoy and has for many, many decades! No worries, we'll be back.

EN
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was excellent! 1950s, old school Italian Supper Club feel! Definitely will be back!

GV
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy this restaurant for family special occasions.

LH
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outside dining on a perfect-weather evening. Great price on an off-menu bottle of rose'. The Bruschetta and Wild Mushroom ravioli were perfect -- our gluten-free diner LOVED the Sausage and Vegetables -

LL
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Still fabulous! Returned after an absence of several years and were delighted to find the pizza still high quality. Not the wood-fired experience we love in Italy, but tasty and nicely prepared nonetheless. One of our group had veal parmigiana and was happy with the veal and veggies but said the pasta was bland. Maybe a little more flavor in the sauce is in order. Good wine list with many Italian options.

LN
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, great staff and nice, chill atmosphere. Excellent bartender with great Happy Hour specials as well. The grilled shrimp skewers are amazing!

OT
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant!

z
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dad and I went to Caro Amico for his birthday and we were not disappointed! Food was terrific and service was great.

KD
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There aren't many of these kinds of restaurants around any more. Family owned, been running since the 1950's, traditional recipes executed to perfection all in a warm and inviting setting. Been before and will definitely be back again.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a good time today at Caro Amico, the server was really nice and helped us with some dishes, we ordered a fabulous pizza.
Highly recommended for a great time and Italian food.

EP
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Great atmosphere! Great food, great view, great location! We will definitely be returning :-)

DG
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was overpriced. There were no options for a small dinner salad to accompany the meal. Salads were entree sized and expensive.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my firts time there and for sure I will return, the food was great and the staff very nice, it is a good Italian restaurant.

DJ
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Salads were good, service was as well. Food would have been ok if it was not so over salted. Plus my wife’s pesto had something in it that left a bitter aftertaste. I don’t think we’ll be going back.

S
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience! Great food and great service!

m
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Made a reservation 4 days in advance but were seated at a small corner table away from windows. Barely could squeeze in!

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Love this place for small get togethers. Food is consistently good!

n
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our first a wonderful meal here with excellent wine. The scallops were the best I've ever had and my husband loved his shrimp ravioli. He also said the balsamic vinegar is the best he's ever had. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. We finished off our meal with a tirimisu, which was divine. Great service too. We'll definitely be back.

OT
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food service delightful.
Our family loves going there.

MM
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the bar/lounge which is such a cool spot. Food, drinks and service all exceeded expectations

p
Seattle
41 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went here based on good reviews and location near our hotel. It is clearly a popular place. The food was mostly very good, my family was happy with their meals. I was a little disappointed in the chicken piccata, the chicken was overcooked and a bit tough, although the piccata preparation was spot on. I also liked the paper table coverings and crayons on the table, kept my kids happy and occupied.

CM
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lettuce in my salad had pieces that were slimy and older. Couldn’t eat half of it.
Didn’t want to say anything as we were celebrating my daughter’s birthday.

BB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic authentic Italian food. I’ve found my home away from home.