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Ocean Ave, Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: In Italian, PortaBella means beautiful door.In Carmel, it's a threshold...
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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  • 86
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Outstanding Service

The food was great, the ambiance excellent, but what really impressed me was their service. The restaurant was not crowded when we went there for lunch but the owner greeted everyone in person. The person seating next to me did not like his steak and wanted a replacement. He got a free soup while... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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  • Romantic
  • Families with children
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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The food was great, the ambiance excellent, but what really impressed me was their service. The restaurant was not crowded when we went there for lunch but the owner greeted everyone in person. The person seating next to me did not like his steak and wanted a replacement. He got a free soup while waiting for his new dish which... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

My wife and I tried this restaurant on the recommendation of a friend. We loved the food and service so much, we dined there three times on our week long trip to the area. We normally like to try different restaurants for each meal, but we couldn't keep from coming back to try different entrees, and we are glad we... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We stooped by for lunch late weekend, the staff are very efficient and friendly. All dishes are fresh and tasty. We really liked the angle hair pasta with seafood and bruschetta.

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Richmond, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

As bad as it could be. We went for lunch on a Tuesday. We waited half an hour to order and another hour before the food was served. It was hot in the dining room. The management and staff was haughty, but in my view they had no right to be. The burger was certainly worth every bit of $1.79.... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

it was great delicious food the tomato basil soup was delicious beyond recognition with anything the sea bass was very nice paired with rice nice cooked ,soft authentic and amazing, the Cesar salad was great , the interior looks tan and old paired with music that complements and really gives you enjoyment in your fine meal this was a very... More 

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Sacramento, California
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We ran across this place after being turned away at Le St. Tropez because we had our dog (they had a private party on their patio), We were warmly welcomed and led to their back garden terrace. They quickly brought our dog a bowl of water. They offered to turn on the heaters but we didn't need them. They have... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The first sign should have been having plenty of open tables while other places were full in the middle of the Carmel afternoon rush. It wasn't bad but nothing to remember. Couldn't figure out if the fare was californian, italian, mexican. Anyway, some might like it, just not us.

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Abilene, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Portabella Cafe is a lovely quaint restaurant located on Ocean Drive next door to the Carmel Fudge Shoppe. From the moment you approach the restaurant and enter you have an overwhelming sense of calm . The lovely aesthetics welcome you to exceptional service and cuisine .

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dallas
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Like everywhere in carmel, casual works,mixed crowd of day trippers and long term fols...great quality and SeVice.

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Yorba Linda, California
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Outstanding service and excellent food! The Roasted Corn and Crab Bisque was exceptional, the warm Chicken Salad and Grilled Salmon were equally as good. But the desserts were over the top!!! Creme Brûlée and the Warm Apple Tart were simply the BEST!!!! I had to take my husband's for that the Apple Tart was good, he would not even let... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Ocean Ave, Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-624-4395

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Families with children

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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