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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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.
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!
What a lovely discovery. Food was fantastic, service was over the top. Will definitely be back
Excellent food. Nice place. Nice looking lounge. Great location
Amazing customer service and food quality!
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.
This is by far the best happy hour in Portland.
Thank you Carina!
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.
Love this place. Cool neighbourhood bar and restaurant; close, fun, with an amazing staff (KC), and a hands-on owner operator (Peter).
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
Excellent food and attentive service and the happy hour is superb value for money. A very nice part of town as well
Don’t miss the saganake-new on the menu.
Happy hour small plates are an amazing deal.
Great service-thank you!
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.