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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, Late Night
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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Visitor rating
  • 194
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Nice Experience

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Cindy L
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Monterey, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Monterey, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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Pebble Beach, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Went for lunch and stay for dinner. Great location, service impeccable (thank you Luiz and crew) Must try the crab bisque and rack of lamb Will be back.

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portland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The outdoor courtyard is located right on Ocean Avenue and you can enjoy a great bottle of wine while watching the tourist move up and down the main street. Wonderful setting for a relaxed afternoon.

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Kamloops, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

After doing the 17 Mile Drive we made our way over to fabulous Carmel & decided to have dinner before returning to Monterey. We had our dog with us & we were very very happy to be seated indoors with our pup in the Garden Room. Eventually the half dozen or so tables filled up with patrons, both human and... More 

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Oshkosh, WI
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

From the minute you walk in and see this charming restaurant, you know you're in Carmel. The warm fireplace sets the mood for a great dinner, and the friendly staff and wonderful food make for a perfect experience. Great outdoor seating right on Ocean Avenue when the weather is nice.

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North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

My daughters and I enjoyed a lovely lunch at Portabella the Saturday after Christmas. We saw positive reviews for this restaurant on TripAdvisor so we tried it....and we were very pleased with our whole experience! It was chilly outside but inside was a cosy fireplace to warm us. They had beautiful Italian classical Christmas music which lead to the charming... More 

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Anaheim, California
Top Contributor
214 reviews 214 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Start your evening off with a bottle of 2012 Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay. Tasting notes: slightly sweet aroma; slightly sweet citrus flavor, yet slightly acidic on the palate. Food pairing: Porcini-Crusted Dayboat Scallops, Paella Valenciana, and Filet Mignon aux Poivres. Rating: 4.5/5 Porcini-Crusted Dayboat Scallops with Bosc pear, syrah essence, pear tomatoes, and herbed savory biscuits. The scallops are perfectly cooked... More 

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Alameda, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

Had dinner here last night in this cozy little restaurant. Service was excellent. I had the salmon over risotto and it was perfect. My boyfriend had the ahi and it was also perfect. Lots of freshly baked bread, a nice wine selection from the area and good Caesars salad. To top it off we split the apple tarte with ice... More 

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Roseville CA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

Dropped in without reservations and we were treated very well by the staff. We were pleased with the menu choices but the food in our opinion was good but not outstanding and it needs to be to bring you back when there are so many choices here in Carmel.

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San Jose
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Not only Portbella and the two shops next to the restaurant are the cutest buildings in downtown Carmel. food is totally delicious and wonderful too. Love their complimentary bread, served fresh, warm, and fluffy. We tried Grilled Scmapi Provencale and Angel Hair with Mussels and Rock Shrimp, both were so yummy... Try to get there early to get an patio... 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 - 35
  • 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?