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“Pretentious” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Portabella

Portabella
Ocean Ave, Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
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Ranked #7 of 149 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.
London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Pretentious”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We made a reservation in person in the afternoon of the evening we ate here and were asked if we'd like to eat in the back terrace. When we arrived we were shoved into a small table for two in a corner of the restaurant indoors. I couldn't move my chair back as the staircase was in the way. The waiter behaved as if it was a Michelin-starred restaurant, but I'm afraid the food didn't quite match his attitude. My husband's meal (a duck dish) was quite nice but my halibut was disappointing, dry, although it had an accompaniment of (too much) pink gratefruit. In the 2 weeks we spent travelling around California, I would say it was the only meal I didn't enjoy. The restaurant was quite full though, so perhaps I just ordered badly. It was also one of the most expensive meals we had!

Visited August 2013
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“Great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

This was our second time at Protobella- the food and the service are both excellent. While in Carmel this a great place - the eat and enjoy the evening

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Loma Linda, California
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“Superb food in the heart of Carmel.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Had a wonderful lunch at the outside tables on the main street of Carmel. Seafood, salads; and sandwiches were superb. Reasonable prices.

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Brentwood, California
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“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.

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Mill Valley, CA
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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.

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