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About Carina Lounge

Carina Lounge is a NW Portland gem that offers a variety of small plates that reflect the Mediterranean cuisine from Italy, Spain and France to Morocco.

With a sharp aesthetic and a nod to the classic bones of the former Basta’s/Tasty Freeze restaurants building, Carina Lounge is a modern, mediterranean earth-toned palate that envelops you in light and warmth. 

In the end, it is a place for those who love to eat and drink. Carina invites guests into their “home”. To laugh and engage as family and friends. To feel good and enjoy fare that takes you back to a place of comfort, both familiar and familial. Small plates to allow for sharing and the ability to have many flavors. Cocktails, Wine and Beer from Europe and Oregon, that pair with the seasonal influences of Carina"s menu.

410 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209-1104
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Contemporary Italian, Contemporary French / American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm

Cross Street:
NW Flanders

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 274-1572

Website:
http://www.carinalounge.com/

Parking Details:
We have a parking lot for our guests!

Public Transit:
Yes

Executive Chef:
Michael Waters

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Carina Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
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Cozy (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fun (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Casual (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Tapas (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Authentic (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Worth the Drive (2)
Business Meals (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing customer service, reserved our table in advance!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fabulous as always! 2nd visit after Bastas closed menu is still Wonderfully diverse and inviting,food is delicious and of course the wine is superb... Service friendly and top notch

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We made a reservation for a party of 16 for a birthday. They allowed us to change it the day before to 20 people. They had everything ready when we arrived. The service was great. The food was great. The restaurant wasn't too busy, so it was nice that we could all kind of mingle around all the tables they put together for our large party. At one point they had us sit down so we could order, which was totally appropriate. They were very accommodating. I would definitely recommend. We used to go there when it was Bastas and this place didn't disappoint.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Cozy, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

5 friends and I went to Carina Lounge this weekend for a late-night birthday dinner. We chose to wait until 9pm in order to take full advantage of their incredible happy hour prices. All appetizers were only $4.50! We ordered multiples of everything and devoured it all. The beef carpaccio and goat cheese ravioli were definitely crowd favorites. Fabulous ambiance and even better food! Highly recommend to anyone.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 31, 2017

A cool, old portland vibe with a mix of cozy ambiance on a corner lot, so windows on 2 sides of the building.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food, Great atmosphere and very friendly service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Cozy
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

I met my girlfriend here for our first date and we returned again, great food and service!

Tags: Tapas, Healthy, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

My friend and I were pleasantly surprised on our first visit to Carina's for a Happy Hour get together. Service was helpful, friendly, attentive. The small plate Happy Hour options were wonderful and a great value! Look forward to going back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food was really good and I like having the option of small plates versus a full meal. This building at one time was a Taco Bell, and unfortunately still kind of looks like one inside, including formica type tables, dark paneling, and cheap-looking chairs. On the other hand, having a parking lot on the premises is a huge plus. The service was good. The bathrooms are small, down a super dark hall with dark paint (like almost need a flashlight to find it). A couple coats of paint would upgrade the place immensely.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Sad to say, our group of four was disappointed in our meal at Carina Lounge. The decor and ambience was encouraging, even though sound level is a bit high with all the concrete. But when the food began arriving, the disappointment began. The lentils in the squid starter were undercooked and oily, the dressing on the Ceasar salads was goopy, the lasagna was dry and unappealing, and another pasta dish was buried in thick brown butter sauce. My sea bass with polenta and spinach was properly cooked but bland and unremarkable. Our server was fine, but several times, other servers delivered items to the wrong person at our table. With so many other restaurants to choose from, it's unlikely we'll go back.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Cozy and abuzz with happy diners, I'll definitely plan a trip back to Carina Lounge. Food was beautifully prepared from appetizers to the main courses. Portions are decent but not super-sized. Service was friendly, and the water glasses were never empty for long. The waitress brought a generous dish of ice cream after realizing that she had forgotten to bring a glass of wine that had been ordered. Off-street parking is a plus.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 11, 2017

The food was very good. Service friendly and efficient

Tags: Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, People Watching, Casual, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Great food at a reasonable price. The small plates are priced very reasonably. I loved the ravioli and the Caesar salad was one of the best I've ever had and I always order a Caesar when available. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Happy hour seafood salad and mussels were great, & with house white wine (a Gruener) great values! Padron peppers YAY. Server Jake was very helpful -- we'll be back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Quick Bite, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

The food at Carina Lounge is always remarkable and delicious. There's more than enough choices (both food and wine) to satisfy the most ardent foodie critic. Try the calamari.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Ok food .... burnt bread , Seabass prepared well but sauce was tasteless and More like gravy. Pasta great! Good drinks and service. Liked the upgraded decor

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Menu is full of fun and tasty small plates along with larger entrees as well. Every dish we tried was absolutely delicious! Service was attentive and enjoyable. Thanks This is a new favorite and we will definitely be back!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Food was fresh and unique. Small plates were priced very well. It gives you the opportunity to explore the menu without emptying your wallet. Cocktails were inventive and tasty. Love the ambiance of the old, Tasty Freeze. Service was very good as well. Give it a try. You'll come back!

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Portland casual elegance at it's best! The owners of Lucy's Table and Basta have joined forces to create a neighborhood gem that's also well worth traveling for. Our party of 7 enjoyed a perfect al fresco meal in July for a special occasion. The Pink Lady cocktail was divine. Next time I want to try the Pisco Sour. The beer and wine lists are well chosen. The best dishes the night we were there were the grilled octopus, the Caprese salad and the spinach and ricotta gnocchi. Small plates make it a great spot for sharing. The service was warm and impeccable. We were treated like family! I'm recommending to all my Portland friends and will be back as often as I am in town.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 17, 2017

This place never disappoints! The small plates are delicious and well presented and the service is stellar! I love the staff, their friendliness and their helpful recommendations. The charcuterie plate is also one of the best in town! A++++

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

So glad Marco has come back with this place-- good food and great upgrade on the atmosphere. Love the staff

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 (Portland)·Dined on July 11, 2017

We went to Carina's after seeing a good review in the paper. We were sorry that Basta's closed as it was one of our go-to places. We found the food to be mediocre and the service ok. Basta's is sorely missed.

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 (Portland)·Dined on July 8, 2017

My wife, friends, friends of friends and coworkers have all been to Carina many times. The food is outstanding and the waitstaff has been very friendly every time we've visited. Most recently we hosted our parents, their friends and our kids for an 8 person celebration dinner. All 3 generations much enjoyed our time.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Excellent service and food. Plus, they have a parking lot! Very pleased, will be back again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Very good and fresh food. The charcuterie board is a delicacy. The wine selection is also very interesting. The cocktails are amazing as well.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 26, 2017

We had a lovely meal with friends.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The personnel and restaurant space were quite nice and the signature cocktail of the day was well paired to the hot summer day. There were very few vegetarian food options (which was a surprise since the restaurant was described as Mediterranean and, well, this is Portland after all). The kitchen did alter a few of their items to accommodate. In the end the food was good but it did all taste the same.

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 (Portland)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The food was above average. Well prepared and nice presentation. Noise level was okay initially but then cascaded to the point we asked to be moved. Will go back for the food but early, before the loud crowd gathers.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Great people and great fun!

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·Dined on June 21, 2017

We then wanted to speak to the manager , who by the way was probably informed by the young lady that we were upset . Instead of coming over to our table and apologizing, he at first ignored us until we informed the young lady that we would like to have him stop by the table so we could talk to him.

He finally came over and apologized s
For not forwarding the information to the people at Splash. Needless

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 17, 2017

First time here and will definitely be back. Beet and brussel sprout salad was wonderful. Mussels and sausage were so fresh. My husband said the pork ragu was the best he's had.

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 (Portland)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Love this place. One of the best burgers in town. Nice wine list, healthy pours and scrumptious cocktails. Not over-thought or driven by hype, yet has a great atmosphere and vibe. A refreshingly solid restaurant you can count on to consistently deliver pdx-worthy yum.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The food was tasty, but the service was very slow. It took forever to get drinks, the food was brought to us and left in front of us without utensils for much too long, while the server left to have a social chat with another table (knowing we needed utensils), and the restaurant was not busy or full. We did like the food though, so if the staff could be more attentive, we would give it higher marks.

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 (Portland)·Dined on May 14, 2017

this is the successor to Basta, which was one of our favorite restaurants. They have redesigned the inside somewhat, and it is improved, but it is still not very inviting -- dark, but not dark romantic, and rough hewn without the style being capitalized on. Nonetheless, it is relatively quiet and it certainly is clean, just not very upscale. My wife and I split a green salad, which was very sour, and i generally like a sour dressing, but this was extreme. I had the ragu, which was good tasting but the sauce was rather runny, and when I asked for bread to help with the sauce I was charged $3.50 for bread. My wife had the mussels, which she thought were wonderful, and she has a lot of mussels. The service was impeccable, very attentive and knowledgeable. The prices are reasonable, so it is a good value.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Came out for a date with my husband - the first in awhile after having twins. We wanted to try someplace new but have been a little out of the restaurant scene for the last year. This place was such a good find all around. The food was super yummy (we did a bunch of small plates) and priced really well. The cocktails were delicious. The music was fantastic and the ambiance was super chill. Great for a date where you can have conversation (not too loud to talk) but not so quiet it's awkward. We'll definitely be back! 👍

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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