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Ocean Ave, Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 624-4395
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Ranked #9 of 151 restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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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266 reviews from our community

81% Recommend
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  • Italian first
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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This was our 1st restaurant stop in Carmel, CA. We really enjoy the outdoor dining at this Mediterranean restaurant (none of my pictures of the outdoor dining turned out). They also have seating indoors (see my pictures). The food here was really good (I had the blackened salmon Caesar salad). The owner/manager and server were very attentive too. The prices... More

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Calgary, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We were looking for a light lunch and found a gem. We ordered the warm chicken salad and the scallop citrus salad. The portions were generous. The walnuts from the chicken salad were sweet and savory... Candied-like. Tasty. The scallops and prawns were perfect cooked and seasoned. I would have loved to order the bisque. It looked delicious. Next visit.

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Dallas, Texas
Top Contributor
225 reviews 225 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Located in the heart of Carmel, the location is unbeatable. The place half empty on a very busy day (and the next door restaurant had about 1h wait), and I still wonder why, as we liked the place. The server was perfect, maybe even provided too much attention. The calzones were excellent. I recommend the crab and Gorgonzola, although they... More

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Libertyville, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Great food, intimate setting and dog friendly. The service was terrific. Would go back every night for the special.

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Inverurie, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This was the second time we have been to Portabella (the first time 5 years ago) and the quality and service there if anything has got even better it was excellent strongly, recommend you go there when in Carmel. Prices are very reasonable for this quality in America.

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Singapore, Singapore
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Service was unbeatable. Food was amazing. Had a very light meal but unforgettable. MUST try the Wild mushroom and Crabmeat & Corn soup- soooo good!

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Like some others we stumbled on to this restaurant whilst walking through Carmel. It was already dark when we arrived and we didn't have any idea where we going to eat so decided to have a walk around and still be found. As soon as we saw its charming exterior we had to give it a try. We were not... More

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Baraboo, Wisconsin
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was a splurge meal for us while on vacation in Pacific Grove and visiting Carmel for the day. From the moment we walked in the door the service was excellent and inviting. The food was spectacular. hen I get back to Carmel will visit again.

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We stumbled upon this establishment and very much enjoyed our meal. They certainly know how to receive their guests. Fresh products expertly cooked, a very very good restaurant in the centre of carmel. We would return.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

First night in carmel and what a treat. Recommended by hotel and they were spot on. Fantastic food especially the dessert and the most delicious wine. Really friendly, knowledgeable staff. If I am ever again in Carmel will make this my first stop.

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