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Ocean Ave, Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 624-4395
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Ranked #7 of 153 restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
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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81% Recommend
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Monterey, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2011

Three of us dined at Portabella tonight. One companion had the Rack of Lamb Provençale and devoured it with a smile on his face. Another had the Filet Mignon aux Poivres (a three-peppercorn crust) , and though he commented on how spice the aux poivre was, he ate every morsel. I ordered the Capellini di Limone al Sapore di Mare... More

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Top Contributor
707 reviews 707 reviews
467 restaurant reviews
1,673 helpful votes 1,673 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2011

Last night we had the pleasure of dining at Portabella while in Carmel. The ambiance is cozy and charming, we did not have a reservation on a Sat. night and we were promptly seated in the main dining room. The Crab Bisque was creamy and delicious, the Salmon with Risotto and Ratouille was excellent, we paired our meal wtih a... More

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Indpls., IN
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2011

There store many great restaurants in Carmel and this is one of them! We went because of a couple of recommendations from the locals and were not dissapointed. Food was great, service was average, but we will return! P.S. If you are traveling with your pet, they are VERY pet friendly!

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Pebble Beach, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2011

We went with a group of friends on a holiday weekend. I have wated tables in the past and bartended as well and am very forgiving of extenuating circumstances. Unfortunately, one of the kitchens was supposedly down and we ended up waiting 90 minutes for our food. When our food arrived my chicken was overcooked and not very tasty. I... More

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Prairie Village, Ks.
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2010

My wife and I ate at Portabella in late May, 2010. We were greeted by some bafoon in the outdoor area with a bizarre hat. He may be the owner. He directed us to another person who led us to a table inside. It was about 6:30 pm and the restaurant was mostly empty. It took an eternity for a... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2010 via mobile

Good experience

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Santa Barbara, CA
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2010

Portabella is a tradition every time we are in the Monterey area. They are friendly and welcoming. In fact, we originally went because the Maître d' came outside on a cold winter night to comment on how cute our Basset Hound was. He was very genuine and friendly and personally invited us to have dinner there. We did not go... More

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San Francisco CA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2010

I have been dining here for many many years, since I was but a little bohemian wandering the streets of carmel searching for the ghost of robinson jeffers. The food is always great, with excellent desserts and a great wine list. Nothing beats a nice bottle of grgich hills sauvignon blanc after a tough day of marching thru the sand... More

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2009

While participating in the Pebble Beach Concourse and enjoying the fine dining in the area .. Two of our fellow participants were ill after dinning at Portabella’s. We will not go back to Portabella’s.

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2009

2 persons in our group became ill about 4-6 hours after eating there......we shared the goat cheese ravioli appetizer and the chocolate mousse cake. No one else ate these items and no one else got sick. Will never go back.

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