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Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We stopped in for late lunch and were greeted immediately. It was mid-afternoon and there were tables inside but outdoors had a wait list. That means this is a great location that people don't mind waiting for !!! We chose to sit inside in the...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was my husbands 50th birthday and we went for dinner to Portabella. Dinner was great, service outstanding. We loved everything!

Thank LunaDew
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A friend recommended Portabella and neither our friend nor Portabella let us down. The atmosphere is outstanding. While they were busy, we were greeted promptly and the attention we received was as if we were the only couple dining. We started with a round of...More

Thank alabri69
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate at Portabella for lunch. Has an outdoor patio for dining if you wish. They give you a basket of crusty French bread to start your meal. I ordered the cream of mushroom soup, rich & delicious. My hubby ordered the blue cheese burger,...More

1  Thank Cheryl L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Due to an event at the restaurant, there was only outside seating available. Being from Alabama, it was much too cold for us so instead we were going to try a different restaurant. But as we were leaving the owner (I assume) came out and...More

1  Thank Allie R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for dinner. It is a lovely place with friendly attentive service. The food and cocktails were simply outstanding.

1  Thank N B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for dinner on our first night in carmel. Everything was wonderful. Had the crab bisque, assorted cheese plate (scrumptious!) and the wild mushroom risotto. The servers were very attentive and welcoming. Highly recommend!

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We felt welcome the minute we walked into this restaurant that we picked at random after parking our car! The food was delicious and the service was divine! We share a lobster bisque that was to die for, and my husband had a burger cooked...More

1  Thank StephanieC2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great service, the manager/owner was very attentive. We had the Blue Cheese Burger & Flambe Shrimp Salad which were both delicious.

2  Thank SirGooch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The owner is very kind, as is all staff. The food is delicious, I'd recommend the slow cooked ribs and the Tuscan papardelle.

1  Thank Guilherme C
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Questions & Answers
November 20, 2017|
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Response from Sam_rihani | Property representative |
street parking
August 23, 2017|
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Response from Michael B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, full bar and good wine list
May 2, 2016|
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Response from Terry B | Reviewed this property |
When we were there in April for dinner it was cold outside. There were no heaters in the front outdoor patio. However, there is another patio that is in the back of the restaurant that has heaters and is actually enclosed... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$20 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-624-4395
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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. Vegetarian options are available.
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