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“Good food, very accommodating staff--dog friendly” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Portabella

Portabella
Ocean Ave, Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
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Ranked #8 of 151 Restaurants in Carmel
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.
Brentwood, California
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Good food, very accommodating staff--dog friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We always eat here when we go to Carmel. The restaurant is warm and inviting plus our little poodle is very welcome. We eat in the enclosed patio. Our last visit was at lunch. I had the grilled Portobello mushroom sandwich with goat cheese on pizza bread--yum! My husband had a specialty specialty salad. We ordered a grilled chicken breast for our dog--was he ever happy! He had his small share and my husband had the rest with his salad.

Visited August 2013
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Mill Valley, CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Cozy and dependable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Dine at small tables indoors or outdoors, in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Always fresh and flavorful northern Italian fare.

Visited August 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Ate Here Twice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We ate here both days we were in Carmel, once for lunch and once for dinner. Food and atmosphere were great. Owned by a charming Italian gentleman who used his charms on us.

Visited July 2013
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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Birthday party”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

The best place in Carmel to have a party. Wonderful food and even better staff. Ajan was just wonderful and did everything to perfection.

Visited July 2013
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Dallas, Tx
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31 restaurant reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“A wonderful lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Just returned from a weekend in Carmel. Stop by Portabella for lunch. It was perfect. I had a wonderful salad with peaches and an amazing hamburger I am still talking about. The bread was fantastic. Overall we really enjoyed our visit to Portabella and will certainly dine there again when we return to Carmel.

  • Visited July 2013
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