Carina

4.8
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306 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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What 306 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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n
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MP
Portland
4 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.

O
Portland
5 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.

s
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed Portland Dining Month menu. Great Cioppino !

d
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service and ambiance Will be going back!

KL
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

NC
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.

J
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

MR
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!

BD
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!

E
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.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was dining month.

SZ
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CT
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.

m
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual and laidback. Great servers bring terrific food. Euro feel makes me want to frequently return.

BS
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great ambiance, great service. Very happy with my experience.

YC
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for Portland dining month. Really tasty selection and would come back to try different dishes.

RW
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very attentive staff. We enjoyed the low noise level inside the restaurant. The Portland Dining Month menu was excellent

CP
Portland
56 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It's a lively lounge experience wth decent food. Our server was helpful and very gracious when I asked to change my order mid-stream. Glad we went early as the nose level ramped up quite a bit by 7 onSunday evening.

CW
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a place like NW Portland, you have to be a great restaurant to succeed. Carina is excellent in every respect and even has its own parking lot which is a wonderful convenience.

b
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite happy hour meal in Portland.
All small plates are excellent.
Newly added saganaki is so good!
Thank you Carina for a wonderful job with so many choices!
Great service/ambiance add to a truly enjoyable dining experience.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service both excellent!

M
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been regular diners at Carina since it opened after Basta's Trattoria closed.
Michael and his knowledgeable staff always welcome and take good care of us.
We are hoping to plan a dinner for our active seniors group this Spirng.
Happy to complete after dining surveys but don't feel they are needed after each reservation.
Thanks
Michael Freeman

K
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Carina is a lively, friendly neighborhood haven. The cocktails are great, the service is attentive and the food is delicious - with many interesting options to choose from. There is an atmosphere of hospitality and kindness that creates a welcoming dining experience.

P
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of eight plus a 1 year old. The food was terrific as always, but the best part was that we were able to visit with the whole group. Great service, food and atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool atmosphere and the food was delicious. The wine sommelier was knowledgeable and friendly and helped us choose a great bottle of wine. The service was great and we didn’t feel rushed. We will definitely go back!

MM
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely discovery. Food was fantastic, service was over the top. Will definitely be back

JE
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Nice place. Nice looking lounge. Great location

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing customer service and food quality!

GC
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carina is one of our favorite restaurants, and luckily, it's close to where we live. The personnel are so nice, starting with Peter, the manager, and extending to all the wait staff. Saturday our server was Galen, and she was excellent--knowledgeable, friendly and efficient, with a great sense of humor. We always enjoy our meals at Carina--the food is invariably good; you can order fairly exotic dishes or familiar comfort food, and it all tastes great. For a special occasion or a "I just don't feel like cooking" night, it's our number one choice.

b
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far the best happy hour in Portland.
Thank you Carina!

LW
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to Carina 3 times in the last month, and it never disappoints! The food and drinks are consistently yummy, and the servers are wonderful, which makes everything taste even better. Standouts are the small plates: dates, steak bites, brussel sprouts, flatbread and more. And you MUST get the apple pie for dessert. As good as Grandma's.

ZH
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Cool neighbourhood bar and restaurant; close, fun, with an amazing staff (KC), and a hands-on owner operator (Peter).

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional first time experience at Carina. The steamed mussels and Ken’s Bakery bread was amazing, and their happy hour menu was also a nice surprise

AH
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and attentive service and the happy hour is superb value for money. A very nice part of town as well

b
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t miss the saganake-new on the menu.
Happy hour small plates are an amazing deal.
Great service-thank you!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service attentive and friendly but not intrusive. Server made an excellent wine recommendation .

We had several small plates and it was nearly impossible to choose a favorite as all were excellent

(Steak bites and goat cheese ravioli were top contenders, though)

All the other diners seemed to be enjoying their meals as well. It was a lively crowd on a rainy Saturday evening.

The only reason I knocked off a star on service was I was charged for a glass of wine I did not order.

I would recommend Carina with enthusiasm to friends and strangers!

j
Portland
45 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Good drinks and atmosphere. We had never been here before and thought that this was a bit more of a fine dining place, the reality is that it is a really nice cocktail bar with average food. The portions were large and the food was a step up from the usual bar food but it was not really what we expected - nothing delicate or unusual on the menu. I would go back for drinks and a snack anytime but not a place for fine dining. Service was good!

l
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and fantastic food. Great gem on 21st. We will be back

CT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Wonderful flavors with lots of great shareable small plates. Drinks are good too!! Service is attentive without being overbearing. Will come back again and again!!