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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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!
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!
Excellent service and fantastic food. Great gem on 21st. We will be back
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!!
I have been here a few times - food and beverages are always wonderful. I brought a friend that had never been, she’s a fan now too.
We love Carina. Always good. Always easy. Always great service.
Can't say enough about Carina. The service, food and ambiance are exceptional in every way. My favorite Portland restaurant!
Great spit, first time there. Food was great, ambiance was fun, casual, comfortable. Staff was great. Well go back
Great time to share meal and conversation
The food was great and the service was exceptional! We'll be back for sure!
We had a very nice experience. Our server was professional and attentive but not imposing. Our food arrived hot and the timing was perfect. We were impressed with our entrees and the dessert we shared. We are already planning our next visit!
The food was delicious!!
We love Carina. Delicious food and great service consistently, plus a cozy, romantic atmosphere!
Loved the calm atmosphere. We sampled several of the small vegetarian plates and even left room for dessert with the panna cotta. All were delicious. Thanks for great attentive service.
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.
Nice atmosphere, good service, pleasant presentation. But the food is underwhelming and totally forgettable. Would recommend for drinks.
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.
Amazing ambience and delicious food. AND ITS OWN PARKING LOT! We’ll be back.
We always enjoy Carina. Such a welcoming neighborhood spot with great service and food!
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.
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.
Delicious! Great staff, chill vibe; low lights. Quality of food was phenomenal
The four of us tried most of the tapas size plates on the menu. They were all delicious! We will be back
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!
Love this restaurant! Food is great, service is friendly and helpful. Extensive wine list and creative cocktails. Happy hour is great fun. Highly recommend.
Excellent all around. We will definitely come back.
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.
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.
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.
The staff was great and the food was deliciousp
Really nice atmosphere and helpful service. We liked the small plates. Two are a perfect size for a great meal
Not only their foods, but cocktails and sweets were all fantastic!
Out of town visitors
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!
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!
Great food, wonderful service, well executed. Will definitely be back
Phenomenal as always! We couldn’t have picked a better place to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday.
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!!
Great selection Of outstanding small plates serve by friendly knowledgeable people good wines reasonable cost. Excellent experience will return
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.