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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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!
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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.
Delicious food, fun atmosphere. My favorite restaurant in Portland.
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.
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.
This place is great. Friendly staff and delicious food. Social hour menu is incredible.
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.
Nice place for a dinner with friends or a date. The menu is has a. I’ve variety & dishes are well executed.
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.
As always the food was great. The servers work together like a well oiled machine to make sure every table is taken care of.
Great restaurant! Delicious food with great service! For sure will return soon!
The food is always great at Carina. I can’t go there and not order the goat cheese ravioli.
Consistently wonderful food and service. Love the ambiance inside and
outdoor too. Highly recommend. A great neighborhood restaurant.
Wonderfully inventive and well-executed menu items. The balance of flavors was similar to a symphony.
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!
Very unique dishes and flavors. Recommended!!
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!
Wonderful as always!
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.
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....
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!