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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, 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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    Very good
  • 32
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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
Great Restuarant!

This is a great restaurant with superb service! The Roasted Corn & Crab Bisque was very good, followed by Angel Hair Pasta with Mussels, ending with Espresso Chocolate Mousse Cake. Excellent! I would not suggest getting the Tynant Still Water, because it tasted too much like tap water. I would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Elk Grove, California
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  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
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Elk Grove, California
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This is a great restaurant with superb service! The Roasted Corn & Crab Bisque was very good, followed by Angel Hair Pasta with Mussels, ending with Espresso Chocolate Mousse Cake. Excellent! I would not suggest getting the Tynant Still Water, because it tasted too much like tap water. I would have rather had my Evian Spring Water. Total Cost with... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

My wife and I enjoyed wonderful experience at Portabella while vacationing in Carmel recently. Besides the food and ambience, our waiter was a stand-out! We ordered just a few appetizers and one bottle of wine, which was suggested by our knowledgeable and hospitable waiter. The menu is full of goodies! Highly recommend this place!

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Portland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Stopped here for lunch, but came away disappointed. The angel hair pasta dish with shrimp and mussels with mushrooms was expected to come out in a oil and garlic sauce but instead came out in a cream sauce with the pasta balled up in the middle. My wife enjoyed her scallop salad, with scallops being good an salad average. Decent... More 

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We ate indoors but noticed that the locals were all dining in the two outdoor areas--in front and behind the restaurant. Impeccable, friendly service. The food was tasty but not exceptional and the general experience was lovely due to the fine ambience and great service.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We have been to Portabella's three times and have enjoyed our food each time. We have been seated quickly and the service has been excellent. I'm somewhat surprised that they aren't busier but the atmosphere is maybe more formal than other places. The outside patio looks awesome but we haven't been there when it was warm enough to sit outside.... More 

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Topanga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

from arrival to departure, Portabella is a special place. One of my favorite places to visit and treat myself, my wife or my entire family to one fabulous dinner.

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Monterey Peninsula
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The soups are excellent. I especially like the crab/corn chowder:) I love sitting outside and people-watching. And dog-watching!! Carmel has an eclectic array of visitors from around the globe and it's wonderful to feel as if I was on vacation, all within a 20 minute drive from home!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We dined in June of 2015. We enjoyed the dinner and the atmosphere. The service was wonderful and friendly. There are 3 sections where you can eat; outside, inside the main restaurant and the courtyard. The courtyard is dog friendly. For a dinner for 4 and a 1/2 bottle of wine the bill was almost $300.00 including the tip however... More 

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Mount Tamborine, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Nice for a glass of wine with friends. I didn't eat there. Just a little stuffy for me. Elegant for some.

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Needham, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

We came as a party of four and ordered drinks, apps and entrées. After a warm welcome from the maître de, the rest of the waitstaff was very attentive. They messed up a cocktail for me twice, but were nice enough to make the 3rd attempt on the house. The presentation of food was beautiful, everything arrived hot, but everything... More 

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Additional Information about Portabella

Address: Ocean Ave, Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
Phone Number: +1 831-624-4395
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
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
Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
Cuisine: Mediterranean

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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?