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Portabella

Ocean Ave, Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 624-4395
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Ranked #7 of 152 restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: In Italian, PortaBella means beautiful door.In Carmel, it's a threshold well worth crossing.During the day, passerby on Ocean Avenue are lured in by the sight of diners happily engaged in food and conversation on the picturesque flagstone patio. At night, heady aromas and laughter waft innocuously out the famed front door each time it is opened.Once inside, you're instantly transported to the sun countries of the Mediterranean with "La Cuisine du Soleil."Inspired by regional dishes, the menu takes you on a gustatory tour of Italy, Southern France and Spain, complemented by a wine list offering an excellent selection of California wines.
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Frensham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

What a find-gorgeous table in sunshine outside, view down to the sea, lots of people watching, fab location. Very efficient service, wonderful wine suggestions from our server, lovely fresh food and fabulous ambience. The owner meeting and greeting made it for us, he is so charming and gracious. Perfect long wine fuelled lunch in the sun, the best in Carmel

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Los Gatos, California
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96 reviews 96 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Fantastic food, great service, warm delightful ambience. Louis is a gem...very dog friendly as well. We love it here.

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windermere, Fl
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

sat out front great for people watching great food and service had the sand dabs a local fish delicacy

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Los Gatos, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I loved the food the dessert, Everything tasted so good. my in-laws had lamb and soup which they liked so much. I had salmon I wish I knew how to make salmon this good so juicy and good. The dessert wow so good, I don't remember any of their names but they all were so good.

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San Ramon, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

PortaBella has delicious food and service. If you're dining with Fido, the dog friendly portion of the restaurant is actually covered, and enclosed. You'll never have to worry about being cold, or getting rained on. It is located right on the main street, Ocean Ave. in Carmel village. You can dine inside or outside, lovely ambience, either way. A wonderful... More

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San Diego, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Went for our anniversary. Staff was friendly and attentive, food was very good. Risotto was outstanding, halibut was good but plain, rack of lamb delicious. Very cozy and romantic atmosphere.

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Santa Rosa, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Great restaurant with or without a dog! They have an enclosed patio at the rear of the restaurant for patrons dining with their dog. It was cozy and comfortable. The food was outstanding, one of the best meals I have had out in some time.

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Oakland, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We had lunch here recently. Service and food was brilliant. The mushroom bisque was to die for. The special mushroom risotto was brilliant. Service excellent. We have only had lunch here twice, but will work them in for dinner on our next visit. They make you feel appreciated.

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Long Beach, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Carmel is full of fine restaurants with eclectic food and charming rooms, so finding something that stands out is inspiring. Portabella is an exquisite find. We've walked by this charming spot on Ocean many times but assumed the fabulous location disguised a weak restaurant; what a surprise! I haven't eaten in every restaurant in Carmel, but this dining room has... More

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Portland, Oregon
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124 reviews 124 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Carmel has so many inviting restaurants, it is always hard to choose where to dine when we have the good fortune to visit. The charming cottage-patio entry drew us in, and the welcome was so warm, both from our waiter Hass and from the manager Luis, that it was reminiscent of our time in Italy. Inside, brick vaults & beamed... More

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