Carina

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332 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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LoveGoodFood
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our third visit to Carina and we still love it. Food was excellent as was the service. Ambience was warm and inviting. Coronavirus protections in place; we felt comfortable.

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SoniaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's wonderful to have someplace to eat outside where they are taking Covid into account but also can still enjoy what feels like an intimate dinner with those in my bubble. The food is always fantastic, as is the service. Definitely will be my "go to" when the rains come and they get their heaters out!

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vipPortlandTraveller
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to COVID-19 they have a large outdoor tent setup with carpets and lovely lighting. Food and environment were both outstanding!

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JoseyC
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carinas has a high standard of excellence in all areas -- service through food quality & value.

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KeithB
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding

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Lori
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my third time dining at Carina and - once again - was totally delighted. Every dish (steak bites, Brussels, carina salad and famous goat cheese ravioli) impressed. The staff is just smart and kind and awesome too. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super! So happy to be dining with you again.

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melissan503
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They currently have a portion of their parking lot set up for outdoor dining with socially distanced tables. The staff all wore masks but otherwise it felt very “normal” and so nice to be out to dinner! I plan to return soon before the weather changes and we won’t be able to take advantage of being outside

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Yummy
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The one downside was so many of the dishes tasted the same. Maybe we should have paid more attention when ordering. Great staff! Great service.

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EBConnect
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So glad Carina has found a way to host sit-down dining so that the neighborhood can gather safely. Spent a convivial happy hour with 2 friends and enjoyed the food, the drinks, the attentiveness to the wellbeing of staff and guests. The outdoor tent works and I was delighted to be there. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best beet salad I have ever had. Enough for two. The burger was unbelievably good. Cocktails delicious and refreshing. Exemplary service.

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SusanB
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So wonderful to re-join Carina. They have tables set up outside in their former parking lot, with tables at least 6 feet apart. We felt totally safe. The food was, as always, delicious, as was my margarita!

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vipLESLEYsj1
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really lovely set up outside due to the pandemic! Great Job Carina! This is a decades long favourite so we are biased but the food is always amazing. My husbands entree came out about 5 minutes before mine and started to get a little cold but no other complaints.

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PaulN
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service. Wonderful as always.

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yummybites
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Carinas is great. This was an off night I think as everyone I know loves it there. It was our first visit and unfortunately our dinners were not great, Luke warm and dispersed delivery. They were trying really hard, but with the outdoor seating so far from the kitchen something was just not working. I’ll give it another go as the menu is good, hoping next time the delivery and prep is better

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome evening on the patio!

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Carola
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious as usual!

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vipFoodieRideorDie
Portland
30 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Awesome setting, wonderful food, fabulous wine list. Somebody knows what to pick! Will return. Recommend!

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vipChris
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carina is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always delicious, and especially the Margherita pizza! I love Margherita pizza and have eaten it in Italy and many places around the US, and Carina's Margherita pizza, in my opinion, is the best. The service at Carina is always exceptional, and the new outside seating area is very nice. We look forward to dining at Carina soon!

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vipPortlandTraveller
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a Covid world this restaurant has a lovely outdoor setup with covered rent with candles. Food was excellent and we would highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Their pizza is AMAZING. Loved it and will order it again.
Fried cauliflower was underwhelming and only 4 pieces. But rest of our food was fantastic. So nice to sit outside and enjoy a meal with my sweetie.

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vipFrancesH
Portland
38 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This spot has been a local gem since opened. Italian perhaps dominant food on menu but really surprising range, and they do well on all
When covid crunch hit, they one of first to provide it and As well done still as most do

Plus their new burger grilled ouside very special

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Carola
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Great service and friendly owners.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, lovely outdoor dining area, lots of cleaning and sanitizing happening. The staff were friendly. Food was delicious and prices very reasonable.

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EBConnect
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Such a great neighborhood spot, so glad they have found a way to welcome outdoor dining on site. Had a great evening and was fun to see other nearby restaurants following suit. Gives hope. Welcome back!!!

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EClover
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice

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vipnightout
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all ate from The Dining Month menu and it was excellent.

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MistyP
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appetizers and dinners were excellent. Very tasty and well worth the price. Service was friendly and drinks were good. Didn’t care for the dessert though; chocolate cake was very dry.

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Olivegirl2
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was great but one of the servers tried to clear too many dishes and ended up dropping one and it splattered food all over one person and a little on myself. I know it was an accident but trying to compensate by giving us one free dessert really didn’t make up for the fact that we had to take our clothes to the dry cleaners.

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skila
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed Portland Dining Month menu. Great Cioppino !

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dsarendt
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service and ambiance Will be going back!

KL
KatrinaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food for pdx dining month. We were seated next to the window, nice street view but was alarmed whena guy approached the window suddenly only to look at the window ad posting. Service is great but our dessert took a long time to come out

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NybelleC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lights were a bit too dark. Food tasted amazing. My cocktail was very good as well, a bit strong for me though.

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Jani
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent small plates during Happy Hour, great friendly service, super prices

MR
vipMariaR
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, reasonable wine prices, amazing food and service. Portland Dining Month menu was all so good. Will definitely be back!

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BandD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy atmosphere and friendly service will bring us back for more. 3 courses plus the burger blew our food mindz!

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Ellie
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time! The service was great, the food was delicious, and the environment was perfect. I highly recommend Carina to anyone looking for a good date night spot or celebrating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was dining month.

SZ
SharonZ
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent evening all around: host, server, setting, delicious food!

CT
ColleenT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We're older and it was quite loud, but server was amazing. Food was also very good.

FAQs

Carina does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Carina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (503) 274-1572.

Carina is rated 4.7 stars by 332 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.