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Ocean Ave, Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
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Ranked #6 of 152 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 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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Anaheim, California
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208 reviews 208 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW 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 NEW 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
46 helpful votes 46 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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Roslyn, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Nice place for lunch - salads/lunch specials and pizza were all good. Nice service and good atmosphere - centrally located.

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Martinez, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Stayed in Carmel for NYE, the Inn we stayed at recommended this place for dinner. We did not have reservations, but they sat us right away regardless. The waiter we had a very nice, the fillet mignon was cooked to perfection and the warm apple tart put the cherry on top for the awesome experience. Yes, it is a little... More 

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Excellent and attentive service and well done continental food. It was New Years eve and we had a child and dog with us. Many people bring their dogs to Carmel and this restaurant accommodated us very well. The food is not inventive but it is well prepared.

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San Francisco, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We had reservations for 4 indoors. Unfortunately, we were seated close to a christmas tree and the front door, which was uncomfortable with a constant draft from the door constantly being opened. The staff sensed this and rather waiting for us to ask to move, they offered to move us and our beverages to an alternate and more comfortable seating... More 

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Los Angeles, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

We had asked them in advance if they could accommodate food allergies, and they said they could. However their idea of "accommodate" is to serve main plates without any sauce, and to remove the flavored side dishes in favor of something super bland... which meant the main dish tasted like cardboard. Additionally they served us water in dirty glasses. Their... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

A very cozy spot on Ocean Avenue, festive for Christmas. The service is attentive and the food is good. We enjoyed a delicious seafood pasta, good salad too. Would gladly return.

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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 - 35
Cuisine: Mediterranean

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