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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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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 6 days ago

We ate on the patio because we had our pug with us. The garden setting was colorful and lovely for the middle of summer. Soon after we were seated one of the staff brought dry treats and water for our exhausted dog. Very unexpected and...More

2  Thank Linda T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Mushroom Risotto I had was superb. My partner had a Papardelle Alla Bolognese And said that it was exquisite as well. But not only the food is great. The staff, whose manager is a charismatic Jordanian citizen, is truly attentious! When we left the...More

2  Thank HermesCoelho
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here for dinner the first night in Carmel. It was recommended by our hotel and the restaurant had great reviews. Very disappointed! We had the seafood linguine and it was awful as the mussels were either not fresh or not cooked properly. We...More

Thank unicorn_candy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here for lunch based on reviews and it was a total disappointment. The restaurant was busy and bustling. The atmosphere was good. However we tried many items from the menu and food was average and overpriced for what was served. The glasses we...More

Thank supermojomom
Reviewed 1 week ago

Shortly after checking into our hotel, we spotted this charming location across Ocean Avenue. Since it was an unusually warm day, we chose to dine inside. Interesting decor. Very charming with hand hewed beams. Excellent service and interesting entrees. We had salads and split a...More

1  Thank James B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is cozy & staff very friendly. We started with beef carpaccio and grilled octopuss. Seafood linguini was the entree of choice. We paired the food with a bottle of Pinot Noir from Napa (overall, they feature a rich wine list). Excellent choice! They...More

1  Thank AlesPopovic
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate lunch at Portabella upon arriving in Carmel. It is a very pleasant restaurant, very light and airy. There is both indoor and outdoor seating. The food is very well prepared and the service is good. They also own the restaurant next door, which...More

1  Thank Cynthia472014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything was perfect: the atmosphere was very nice, the staff was very friendly and welcoming, the wine was great and the food and desserts were delicious!!

1  Thank Kristin C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to this restaurant had a friends recommendation. We were not disappointed. The homemade soups were absolutely outstanding. We started with the prawn appetizer. It was unbelievable! We also enjoyed the salmon, mushroom risotto. The seafood linguini was delicious! And, the service was impeccable....More

1  Thank Lori B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I were in town for few days we had lunch there . Amazing. The food the atmosphere.my daughter had a great time . Faisal was amazing. Don’t miss it

1  Thank habibi221
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July 25, 2018|
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Response from jeanadrienne | Reviewed this property |
I am gluten free - yes. All delicious!
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
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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
Romantic, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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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