Carina

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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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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

AP
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

J
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

a
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

P
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very unique dishes and flavors. Recommended!!

HW
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find! Cool atmosphere, great (reasonably priced) wines and tasty bites. The server went out of her way to accomodate for food sensitivities. It was also a great location, close to the soccer stadium and shopping. Overall fabulous experience!

SB
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!

KD
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girl time happy hour, fabulous food, excellent drink selection and the happy hour price was very competitive. The service was truly outstanding, attentive with out being intrusive. And the food was excellent. Try the Fritto Misto and the goat cheese ravioli. Bonus points for having a parking lot.

AH
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal sat outside. The wine list is excellent and the charcuterie plate superb. Unfortunately they forgot to acknowledge our Opentable booking when we arrived so we got in trouble....

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Carina is consistently excellent. The owner and staff make you feel welcome and special. The ambiance is fun and funky. We go for both special occasions and everyday dining. My favorite restaurant in Portland!

MW
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never had a meal a Carina’s that was less than outstanding. I’ll add that the service is as superb as the food.

i
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Comfortable restaurant with very good food and drinks/wine!

OT
Portland
29 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ideal place for a party. Was there with 8 friends; the tapas are perfect, the wines lovely, and the manager kindly dug peach purée out of the freezer and made us Bellinis since we were celebrating our return from a tour of Italy! Only complaint is that the parking lot was jam-packed, but street parking was available.

SW
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really enjoy coming here in nice weather as they have outdoor seating. The small plates are always excellently prepared and easily shared, and there's enough variety to satisfy on the rest of the menu to satisfy larger appetites or some in our party who don't eat fish, for instance. We can usually be seated, too, without a long wait!

K
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had a great time. Very nice service.

MH
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carina was great!! Amazing food. Great social hour deals. There was an event that made it extremely loud and difficult to talk to the people we dined with but other than that, it was great.

P
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our “go to” place in the area. Great food, drinks and service!

T
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FANTASTIC!! Staff, food, drinks all Top notch! We always feel like we are home when we are there and we visit Carina often! Highly highly recommended! BUT you must save us a seat!

SS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish! Always a great meal at Carina! The goat cheese ravioli is a dish everyone should try before they die. It's that good!

SH
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Service is friendly and efficient. They try hard! The food is delicious... the goat cheese ravioli, prosciutto pizza and hamburger are superior. They grind their own beef in the kitchen for the burger and top with crispy fried onions. We haven’t had a bad meal yet and we’ve gone there a lot.

L
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to foodies outstanding and service is over the top

FJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had happy hour a couple nights ago and said outside. My husband ordered the happy hour burger which was very generous in size with a side of fries. It was extra delicious with wonderful cheese and lots of great veggie toppings and it appeared to be kitchen ground meat. I had the steak bites And they came cooked to perfection medium rare with a beautiful side of fingerling potatoes. The Aeolian dipping sauce was wonderful. I also ordered the fried cauliflower which came with a delightful red pepper dipping sauce. I had a housemate Jen and tonic which was delightful along with a glass of the house read which was an excellent Italian wine. My husband had Brickside IPA and loved it. We have dined inside several times and outside before here and love it year-round!

V
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, only way to describe our dinners there while visiting Portland. Great food, great service.

a
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Knowledgeable friendly staff. We love this restaurant!

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