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Ocean Ave, Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
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Ranked #7 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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84 reviews 84 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012 via mobile

Had a couple of the pasta dishes; penne and fettuccine. Just average. Sauce on penne was from a jar I think. Service was good although an off hour so would expect plenty of attention. Decent prices. Warm fresh bread.

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San Francisco, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

It was our first visit to Carmel and every place we saw was a picture post-card worthy material! We walked along the Ocean Avenue looking for the right ambience and outdoor-dining to make the best use of the sun on the winter afternoon. We were two couples and we found a nice table near the entrance ensconced between the hotel... More 

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Foster City, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Celebrated 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner at Portabella and the setting, foo,and personalized service could not have been more perfect. The attention to everyone in the restaurant was outstanding and "real" not just "how is the food---enjoying your meal" comments usually given at restaurants with waiter not really wanting any real comments. Cannot wait to return for another 1st class dinner... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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259 reviews 259 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Carmel is an inviting community and the Portabella truly drew us in with its charming exterior. The host was wonderful and was very attentive to our needs. However, the same could not be said for our waiter. That counted for average score on service. I love halibut and could not resist it, while my wife ordered the sea bass. Both... More 

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Grand Terrace, California, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

So romantic and the food was so good! We printed a coupon off the Carmel website and got a discount!

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San Francisco, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

We really love this place for their paella. It is delicious. We also think this is a very nice romantic restaurant right on the main drag in Carmel. We will return again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

My wife and I had lunch here as we had heard from the locals that this is a great restaurant. We started off with the spinach salad that was very good and very unique. We both ordered the Halibut luncheon special which was awesome. We sat on the outside patio in the back part of the restaurant. Great service. We... More 

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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

Such a charming little restaurant and such excellent service and such mediocre food. The only dish which was not bad was my husband's Prawn Bisque. I looked forward to what was touted as a tapas plate. What I was served was a large helping of green salad in the middle of a largish plate, on the edge of which was... More 

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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

Not sure if the food is great or not, as we had salads and appetizers rather than more complex entrees. What we had was all well prepared, and well served. We chose this spot because it was a sunny day and we wanted to eat outdoors. The lovely patio fit the bill perfectly. A nice wine list and some interesting... More 

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San Francisco, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

I had read lots of positive reviews before deciding to have lunch here and now I'm confused about where those reviewers have dined before their experience at Portabella. Our experience was mediocre to pretty bad. The server was obviously very new and was oddly apologetic, which was very uncomfortable. The arugula salad literally had no arugula in it and the... 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 - 35
Cuisine: Mediterranean

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