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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, Takeout
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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  • 197
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  • 76
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 14
    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
Enchanting

Stopped for a late lunch, and decided to take advantage of the outside dining. It was a perfect sunny day and the tables looked so inviting. They have an excellent wine list with the best California growers also most selections were available in half bottles My husband ordered an open steak... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 24, 2012
hhoneybunny
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Palm Beach, Florida
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Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
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330 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Palm Beach, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

Stopped for a late lunch, and decided to take advantage of the outside dining. It was a perfect sunny day and the tables looked so inviting. They have an excellent wine list with the best California growers also most selections were available in half bottles My husband ordered an open steak sandwich and I had a pate plate Both were... More 

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Ventenac-en-Minervois, France
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51 reviews 51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

My wife and I stopped in for lunch on the 5th of September. I had the soup du jour which was one of my very favorites, "Italian Wedding Soup" although it was not what I was expecting, no egg or escarole, it was quite good and hot. The Heirloom Tomato salad that followed was unbelievable! Absolutely the best I have... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

My wife and I stayed in Carmel, on the 8th & 9th September 2012, and had dinner at this resturant. Initially as we reviewed the menu outside, the front of house manager spoke very politly to us, and invited us in, and to say the least the place looked very nice. And the food met with the same. However, what... More 

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

The service, staff and food are amazing! The location and space are great, in the heart of Carmel. It is a must! We totally recommend it!

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Reno, NV
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We liked this so much we ate there twice! Louis, the host, greeted us outside and showed us to the dog-friendly dining area, which was practically like eating indoors. very nice. Gracie, our waitress both nights, was wonderful, so charming and attentive. On our 2nd visit on a night two days from our first visit, she remembered our dog's name,... More 

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San Francisco
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102 reviews 102 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Located in the heart of the town, right on Ocean street, this place offers lunch, dinner, and anything in between. Food is good, especially the fish (sand dabs is my favourite), nice selection of wines, outstanding service and atmosphere. Attention smokers: the restaurant has tables outside and allow to smoke there, so you may have all pleasures at a time.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed dinner here and found the menu, wine list and service (waiter was Dio) very worthwhile. We'll definitely go back next time we're in Carmel and recommend it to any and all.

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Each time when you walk toward or from the Carmel beach along Ocean Avenue, you will be attracted by a cozy front courtyard, with a few neatly set dining tables, among beautiful flowers under the sign that says PortaBella. At that moment, you really want to step in that restaurant for some drinks and a pleasant meal, but then again,... More 

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Lisboa, Portugal
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012 via mobile

It was problably one of the best meals of my life .... And I'm Portuguese ( meaning that I'm used to eat one of the most richest Mediterranean Cuisin) . Everithing was perfect. The service, the wine presentation and service, and the main course was divinal. Fillet mignonette with fresh espargos. A special word for the manager, Mr. LUIS from... More 

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walnut creek, ca
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

To us, this is the ideal place to have lunch in Carmel. If it is a sunny day, you won't find a better place than to sit out front ( with your dog) while you enjoy your meal. They have excellent soups, pâté, salads and a classic burger. On overcast days head inside, it's cozy.

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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 - 40
  • 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?