Carina

4.7
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270 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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
service
4.5
ambience
4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
43 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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!!

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Carina. Always good. Always easy. Always great service.

OT
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't say enough about Carina. The service, food and ambiance are exceptional in every way. My favorite Portland restaurant!

ST
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spit, first time there. Food was great, ambiance was fun, casual, comfortable. Staff was great. Well go back

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time to share meal and conversation

MB
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was exceptional! We'll be back for sure!

PG
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

DP
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious!!

AK
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Carina. Delicious food and great service consistently, plus a cozy, romantic atmosphere!

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

AK
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
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
9 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
11 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
3 reviews
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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1
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
4 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.