We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 150 Carmel Restaurants


Ocean Ave, Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
Improve this listing
Ranked #8 of 150 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Mediterranean
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
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.

Hotels travelers are raving about...

Write a Review

289 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
The Villages, Florida
Top Contributor
311 reviews 311 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Am not sure about the food but this is a great place with ambience. I had a very strange experience. I thought I was in Italy but the food was American meaning it wasn't up to par with many of the restaurants I visited in Italy. Dayboat Scallops, bisque and mixed salad were not bad but.... Felt like I was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

By just walking down the street one could easily oversee this place. It is from the outside very small and does not look like an excellent restaurant. We had a Salad Nicoise and the daily special which was fettucini with shrimps and dried tomatoes. The quality of the food is outstanding and I would even consider the prices as very... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Carlsbad, CA
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This cute little spot sits next to the downtown sidewalk with tables inside and out. We chose outside as the day was warm and sunny. Tables are done nicely with white table cloths and nice silver. We had a fresh Italian salad/chicken and the home made Pate. Fresh bread was good too. Good choices on the wine list that are... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
San Jose, CA
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Richard, the host, greeted us outside and was so kind. He took very good care of us. We were seated outside on a gorgeous night. The food was delicious. I had the Goat Cheese Ravioli. IF, and only if you like goat cheese, this might be a favorite (I love it, my hubby doesn't). My friend had the lamb and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My wife & I at Portabella on our last night in Carmel. The ambience & atmosphere is great. My wife had fish and I had Coq au Vin. Both dishes were very tasty. Portabella is centrally located in Ocean Avenue and is reasonably priced. Make sure you still have plenty of appetite if you choose tiramisu because it's huge.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Oceanport, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Cute courtyard outdoor seating. Staff was knowledgeable & welcoming. I love sandabs & since they are local to that area, had to have them. Cooked perfectly! My son had a seafood salad that looked (& he said was) outstanding. Perfect spot for lunch in Carmel. will definitely return!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Marlboro, New Jersey, USA
Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Stopped here on our way to San Fran. Parked and just happened to see this place. A beautiful place with outside seating that just begged for us to stop in. The host seated us right down with a smile and the waiter came right over. Told us about the specials and we ordered the shrimp & scallop salad, mussels in... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Westlake Village, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Try the mixed mushrooms as an appetizer and the paella as a meal! So good! Definitely eating there again on our next trip back.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Los Angeles, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

This is one of our favorites in Carmel. We love bringing our three (3!) dogs to the garden room in the back. We are always made comfortable even with the whole pack. The boys seem to appreciate that they are in a casually elegant setting so they are always on their best behavior. The food is great and the service... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Portabella also viewed

Carmel, Monterey Peninsula
Carmel, Monterey Peninsula
Carmel, Monterey Peninsula

Been to Portabella? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing