Carina

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255 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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.
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4.8
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4.5
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AK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bavette was chewy but everything else was great. We ordered a ton of food, everything came out at a great pace. the servers were kind and helpful - funny. the drinks were really good. ate there years ago when it was bastas. good to know there is some consistency with owners and even a few remnants on the menu.

CJ
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere, good service, pleasant presentation. But the food is underwhelming and totally forgettable. Would recommend for drinks.

F
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

We went with friends after a movie at Cinema 21, arrived at 6:15. Crowded, and everyone seemed to be having fun. For us, hard to talk and listen. Food was so so at best, gloppy lasagna. Service was the best part, and a bit slow because it was so crowded. Probably a good place if you like a loud, happy vibe, but not great for conversation or good food. Shared salad, two lower cost entrees, and two drinks set us back $84 before tip. Not really worth it.

JW
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambience and delicious food. AND ITS OWN PARKING LOT! We’ll be back.

JJ
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Carina. Such a welcoming neighborhood spot with great service and food!

DR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First visit; menu interesting, food exceptional, service excellent and Peter's knowledge of the wines was a big enhancement to our meals. I think it is the best value among the excellent restaurants we have been to in all of Portland, and Oregon. I have already recommended it to 3 friends, and want to go back as soon as possible.

R
Portland
35 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Carina was very lively, the flatbread was delicious as were the mussels, and spaghetti and meatballs. The wine list had lots of great options and the service was great. My only suggestion is that it was dark and hard to see the menu but all and all good night out.

CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Great staff, chill vibe; low lights. Quality of food was phenomenal

E
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The four of us tried most of the tapas size plates on the menu. They were all delicious! We will be back

T
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous! We sat in the room off the bar so I know it was more quiet than the main dining room. Best tiramisu I've ever had!

LG
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Food is great, service is friendly and helpful. Extensive wine list and creative cocktails. Happy hour is great fun. Highly recommend.

OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. We will definitely come back.

LG
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Food is great; can make a wonderful meal with the small plates. Extensive wine menu. Wonderful employees (efficient, friendly, knowledgeable). Cool neighborhood vibe.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful experience! Food was incredible and the service was divine! Bought a bottle of Tempranillo that was incredible and our waitress never let my glass empty! Would absolutely return.

KY
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Carina's many times and have never been disappointed. We shared a Caprese salad and each had the seared scallops. They use heirloom tomatoes which were excellent and the mozzarella was delicious. The scallops were browned and cooked just right. Our evening was great.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was great and the food was deliciousp

NC
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really nice atmosphere and helpful service. We liked the small plates. Two are a perfect size for a great meal

4
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only their foods, but cocktails and sweets were all fantastic!

PM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, our server, Galen, was incredibly knowledgeable about the wine selection, and it was a perfect level of atmosphere that we 6 could have a lively conversation without worrying about being too loud or awkwardly quiet. Until next time!

JN
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to Carina. I have heard many good things about the menu and our party was not disappointed. The service was great and the food was fantastic. Overall the wines by the glass were solid and the by the bottle was filled with great options. I can wait to go back!
Try the scallops, they are to die for!

SK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, wonderful service, well executed. Will definitely be back

AP
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal as always! We couldn’t have picked a better place to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday.

j
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Social hour is the best! Food is delicious, drinks are perfectly made and the service was consistently friendly and helpful with recommendations. I’ll return for sure!!

SN
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great selection Of outstanding small plates serve by friendly knowledgeable people good wines reasonable cost. Excellent experience will return

K
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Italian food with lots of menu options, including small plates to share, more traditional pasta mains, seafood, etc. The service was outstanding; staff very friendly and accommodating.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fun atmosphere. My favorite restaurant in Portland.

J
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caught the tail end of happy hour and made good use of it. Every dish was fantastic. The service was great and the house white wine paired well with all of our dishes.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is really tasty. The service is friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is upbeat but not loud. The small plates are a great deal at happy hour.

M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great. Friendly staff and delicious food. Social hour menu is incredible.

a
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was ok but the service was lacking. Our waitress was not that attractive. We went there for our 5th anniversary and they didn't have anything special to offer. The waitress didn't even know or read the note that it was our anniversary. In my experience going to any restaurant for celebrating our anniversary the restaurant normally bring out a little surprise little something like small dessert for us. This place do not have anything to go back for. The other waitress was nicer than our waitress. My cioppino was good but his chicken was too salty. Won't go back.

PM
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place for a dinner with friends or a date. The menu is has a. I’ve variety & dishes are well executed.

c
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Picked this place based on YELP reviews and really enjoyed it. We had several tapas including roasted brussel sprouts, fried cauliflower, prawns, fritto misto, etc. I can't say a bad thing about anything we had. All items were delicious and the service was great. Definitely a place I will visit again.

C
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was great. The servers work together like a well oiled machine to make sure every table is taken care of.

N
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Delicious food with great service! For sure will return soon!

P
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great at Carina. I can’t go there and not order the goat cheese ravioli.

l
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently wonderful food and service. Love the ambiance inside and
outdoor too. Highly recommend. A great neighborhood restaurant.

JM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully inventive and well-executed menu items. The balance of flavors was similar to a symphony.

PB
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! The service is always great from the front door to the table and back out again. The food options range from appetizers to small plates to dinner servings and are all quite wonderful. They have an interesting variety of seasonal cocktails and the desserts are always yummy! What impresses me even beyond all this high quality food, beverage and service is that the friendly owner is most often there working right along side everyone else and is always welcoming!

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very unique dishes and flavors. Recommended!!