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Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Italian, French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Had been here before and was happy it had not changed in the time since my last visit. This place is so European in its service and hospitality. There are 3 distinctly different dining areas and all have merit. Best of all, it stays open...More

Date of visit: December 2018
2  Thank Barbara W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a warm hearted, hospitable restaurant it is. Indeed a good choice for a precious personal dinner with my partner. Soaked in Christmas colours and decoration, the restaurant and menu is influenced by Spanish. Loved the sea food platter, from their daily menu And a...More

Date of visit: December 2018
2  Thank lostdipika
Reviewed 4 days ago

Had the short rib and the lamb shank dishes. Both were fantastic! Service was amazing and the waiter who walked around singing and playing the guitar was icing on the cake!

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank mtxstarr
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed overnight in Carmel en route from LA to SF and checked out restaurant reviews for my birthday dinner. 3 friends and I dined here and had a fantastic meal! Everything we had was delicious, the staff were super friendly and professional, the setting is...More

Date of visit: October 2018
2  Thank MemTrav
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is really pretty inside, it looks like an old Italian house. Music is appropriate for the place. Waiters were really nice the whole time. I suggest the mushroom soup, it’s delicious.

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank Julietamadrid92
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous food and exceptional service. The corn and crab bisque was very tasty with good chunks of crab. I also have the lingine al frutti de mare which was tasty- well seasoned and very filling for lunch. Very nice wine list and not overpriced. My...More

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank brlittle
Reviewed November 7, 2018

Portabella is one of the highest rated restaurants in Carmel, and it doesn't disappoint. We enjoyed choices from their extensive Italian menu, had very good service, and enjoyed the ambiance of this centrally located restaurant.

Date of visit: September 2018
2  Thank Robert C
Reviewed November 2, 2018

My wife and I had a really nice dinner here last week. The host was very friendly and welcoming when we arrived for our reservation, even though we were a few minutes late (I called to let him know), and checked in with us during...More

Date of visit: October 2018
3  Thank Sightsee38664938138
Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

The staff was very friendly and offered us an excellent service. The food and the wine was delicious and the price was fair considering the amount and quality. Highly recommended!

Date of visit: October 2018
2  Thank Fabiana F
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

We sat out by the street on a lovely day and enjoyed a fine bottle of wine. The bread was excellent as was the corn and crab bisque. The avocado chicken sandwich was served on lovely bread. They gave us some complimentary baklava for dessert...More

Date of visit: October 2018
2  Thank Bima01
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Nancy G
November 7, 2018|
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Response from Reuben M | Reviewed this property |
I live in Australia so it may be better to ask the restaurant directly
July 25, 2018|
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I am gluten free - yes. All delicious!
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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
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
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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