“Love the seafood pasta. Great place, wonderful family...”
We were initially skeptical about eating here as our experience with all of the restaurants in Noyo Harbor has been sketchy at best. However, we loved this restaurant, and ended up eating here 3 nights in a row. Carine's is an "Italian Seafood" restaurant - so don't go here and order burgers or fish tacos! Order the seafood and pastas.
Reviews on other websites often give Carine's mixed reviews for ridiculous things like the fact that the "mama" (Bessie) who owns the restaurant still hovers over the diners, making sure they are happy, or dragging one of her sons (Anthony or Dominic) out of the kitchen to make sure your meal is perfect. Personally I appreciate having the owner take a sincere interest in my meal, and love the family atmosphere here. Yes there are plastic tablecloths on the tables in the back room, but keep in mind this place is on the dock and also serves whole crabs (what a mess that can be), so I certainly can't fault them for this point.
We LOVED the Calmari de Mediterriean Pasta, which was full of seafood and had a great sauce. Salads were simple but not boring. The bread was good, although nothing particularly special (they should get the olive bread from Fort Bragg Bakery -- that's stuff is awesome). Their oysters were excellent. The Ciappino was a bit on the pricey side, and a bit spicy, but my partner said it was delicious. The clam chowder was good -- although it could have used a bit more clams and maybe a little bit of potato and celery (flavor was good, just lacked a little texture). I would have loved it if they had done a "Mahattan-style" clam chowder since everyone in town does the basic "white" chowder version.
If I were the restaurant owner, I would take everything off the menu that isn't Italian, and serve more Italian food since that is their specialty, and besides, who needs more fish tacos in this town! I think their main chef (Anthony, son of the owner) seems interested in experimenting with some new Italian dishes, so we are looking forward to coming back again.
Our service was attentive, and we were treated very kindly by everyone there. This has become one of our favorite places in the area when we visit.
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