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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Outdoor seating

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    Very good
  • 29
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  • 13
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  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Always a Pleasure

I have dined here many times and always have enjoyed it. Great food and service. Csaba the owner is a first rate host and makes us feel so welcome. Try the mushroom appetizer and the best paella anywhere outside of Spain.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
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331 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I have dined here many times and always have enjoyed it. Great food and service. Csaba the owner is a first rate host and makes us feel so welcome. Try the mushroom appetizer and the best paella anywhere outside of Spain.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Attentive service in a delightful setting makes up for less than inspired dishes. The crab cakes were more "filler" than crab, but the Niçoise salad was very good.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We happened upon Portabella while browsing Carmel. We were attracted to outside appearance and was indeed impressed with inside décor. Our lunch was delicious and service was excellent! We would definitely recommend Portabella. Enjoy!

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California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

My wife and I had a very pleasant dinner here however it was not as good as we would have expected. The host wore on us relatively quickly repeating the same joke at each table. The food was presented nicely and tasted nice but nothing that was memorable.

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San Jose, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Food is good, would make a point of looking forward to dining here until last Spring. I ordered something that was a staple, only to discover it had been taken off the menu, what was presented was slightly different, had mushrooms which I cannot eat; asked for the meal to be adjusted. When the bill arrived, I was charged for... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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61 reviews 61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We enjoyed lunch on the patio and it was perfect. The salads were great and they had a nice wine list. The entire restaurant is very quaint and the location is hard to beat. When in Carmel again, we will return

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10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

What a great restaurant! We asked the concierge at the Cypress Inn for a recommendation for a dog friendly restaurant and they suggested Portabella. Granted it was a slower evening but the service and the food was excellent. We brought our own bottle of wine and although there was a corkage fee the staff was accommodating and welcoming in opening... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The atmosphere is very cozy and the staff is very accommodating. The food is delicious. However, after eating there a few times I realized the menu never changes. I would definitely recommend dining there, but if you like variety, you'll soon have to expand your horizons. Which, in Carmel, is not hard to do!

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Santa Barbara, Afghanistan
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30 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

If you have dogs, they have a place for you, if you have friends, they have a place for you...if you have a desire for great food, this is the place for you!...We have never had anything below excellent in Portabella's great food, great wine, great hosts. We have closed this place to many nights because of the greatness of... More 

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Monterey, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

My husband and I have been by this place a million times and always said we should stop in and try it. It is in a nice location right along Ocean Ave. close to most of the inns, shops, and other eating establishments. They have a nice little outdoor patio in the front and a covered patio/sunroom in the back... 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: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?