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Ocean Ave, Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Stockton, California
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice lunch, the crab corn soup was great, we split a chicken sandwich. The staff was friendly. We did have wait a bit to be served but we will return. The back room in the restruant was much warmer so if it's cold out side go into the second dinning room

Thank 723rudyg
Pembroke Pines, Florida
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place transports you to Europe. The service is excellent, pet friendly, and the food fantastic. The wine list is good.

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Carmel, California
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106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

We love Dametra's so when we heard this was owned by the same people we felt we had to try it for our special date night. Portabella has nice cosy ambience and the waitstaff were lovely. Our wine waiter was particularly knowledgeable and friendly. So all good there. The food however....Meh. Not that great. We felt that everything was a... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

We were traveling from LA to San Francisco over Thanksgiving week. We choose Monterey CA to stay for the night at Hilton garden inn. We decided to have dinner in Carmel CA. Walking enjoying our family time together we used trip advisor to search restaurants. Portabella Carmel had great reviews. The restaurant was full. The owner took us to another... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016 via mobile

Have been coming to Portabella for about 15 years. Still as charming in the interior as the exterior. Very quiet ambience and great service. Perfect for quiet intimate evening. Everything is good. Friendly staff keeps us coming back every year.

Thank traveldocgolfer
San Ramon, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

We enjoyed traditional Thanksgiving dinner as well as ordered off the dinner menu. Great service and fresh food. Given our table took longer to set up than expected, the staff treated us to champagne while we waited. The owner also came by to see how our experience was. He was friendly, attentive and interested in our feedback.

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el dorado hills
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

Stopped by for lunch with a party of 5 and a dog. They sat us easily, quickly and even bought out water for our dog. Food was very good, had burger, mushroom soup and the beef short rib ravioli. Great place, great service typically Carmel charming.

Thank guernseyman
Charlotte, North Carolina
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117 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

After great race in Big Sur 5K spent a little time walking Pebble Beach. Local suggested this place for good food. I can say it is excellent food and even better service. Come back before I leave.

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Folsom, California, United States
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

So, the last time my wife and I were in Carmel we did not have 2 little kids (under 3 yrs) and Carmel is great for couples, but the family vibe is really more for Monterey. But Carmel is the jewel of the area! We went out to eat for our anniversary dinner (without reservations). We wanted something nice, but... More 

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Livermore, CA
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119 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

The same great people who have created magic at Dametra Cafe have done it again. From the beginning the decor is warm and inviting, and more intimate than Dametra as it is less open. and they have done wonders to the sleepy little bistro that was here. Service was very attentive, selection excellent, and the wine list works real well... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $40
Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
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 - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ocean Ave, Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-624-4395
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?