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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Cup $6.0
Bowl $10.0
Roasted Corn and Crab Bisque
served with Brioche croutons and chives
Cup $6.0
Bowl $10.0
Portabella Cream of Mushroom Soup
drizzled with truffle oil and chive
Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio
truffle oil, extra virgin olive oil, shaved Parmesan, capers and arugula
Grilled Spanish Octopus
Served with pearl pasta Tabouli, roasted bell pepper almond coulis
Steamed Mussels au Vin Blanc
garlic, shallots, parsley and butter served with grilled bread
Ahi Tuna Tartar
sushi grade Ahi Tuna tartar, avocado, wasabi mayo, Asian ginger soy dressing
Skewered Grilled Jumbo Prawns
marinated in olive oil, garlic, lemon, served with lemon herb aioli
Hummus with Pita Bread
garbanzo bean dip, Tahini, lemon, cumin, pine nuts, Zatar
Assiette de Fromage
assorted cheeses - Bleu d'Auvergne, Petit Basque, Camembert Le Chatelain, Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese Crottin - Served with Cabernet onion jam, fig jam, nut and crostini
Tricolor Organic Baby Beet Salad
raspberries, mixed greens, orange segment, sunflower seeds, Roquefort blue cheese, tarragon vinaigrette
Monterey Bay Sand Dabs
lemon caper sauce, seasonal vegetables, Yukon mashed potatoes
Oven Braised Short Ribs
eight hours slow cooked short ribs in a mixed local mushroom Merlot wine reduction, served with golden Yukon mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Classic Wild Mushroom Risotto
Wild mushrooms, Arborio rice, winter truffle, parmigiano reggiano
Lemon Garlic Rosemary Chicken
roasted Mary's chicken breast, vegetables, whole grain mustard sauce, golden Yukon mashed potatoes
Pasta alla Carbonara
Pappardelle pasta with pancetta, mushrooms, nutmeg, cream reduction and parmesan cheese
Grilled King Salmon
sauteed spinach, Yukon mashed potatoes, Beurre Blanc chive sauce
Linguine ai Frutti di Mare
jumbo prawns, mussels, local calamari, lobster cream broth, basil, tomatoes, over fresh red bell pepper linguine
Lamb Tenderloin
Pan-Seared loin, roasted baby potatoes, vegetables, Cranberry Brandy, Port sauce
Beef Tenderloin Perigourdine
Pan-Seared center cut filet, demi-glace Port wine reduction, seasonal vegetables, Yukon potato gratin
Grilled Aged Ribeye Steak
Allen Brother's Farm steak, served with red wine jus, seasonal vegetables, potato gratin
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.
$20 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Italian, French, European
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
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All reviews mushroom risotto pistachio ice cream sand dabs croque monsieur king salmon short ribs bread salad filet seafood chicken burger fries porta bella sister restaurant ocean avenue my favorite restaurant
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Reviewed yesterday

I treated myself to a “last meal” before starting the arduous journey of DLI language school in Monterey. I have no regrets. It was simply a lovely evening with fantastic recommendations, good drinks, and even a stir of whimsy. Without even a thought, each time...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank mdm00
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Delicious food, excellent service, good prices. Place is very quaint and pretty. Clean bathroom. Everyone was so nice. It’s a must.

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank priscillav885
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Staff and manager warm and welcoming. Food good with good portions. Atmosphere charming. Not noisy so you could actually engage in a conversation.

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank noraintoday
Reviewed 5 days ago

The food is fresh and tasty. One of the best risottos we've ever had. The portion is very decent. The waitress is attentive and warm. Great experience after the AT&T Pro Am and we all enjoyed it. Strongly recommend it.

Date of visit: February 2019
2  Thank sjc35
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our dinner experience was fabulous. The Sand Dabs were exceptionally large. A warm and friendly atmosphere. Two dining rooms invite you. Very pleasant and good food. Can't be beat on Ocean Avenue. The entire staff is exceptionally client oriented. Makes you welcome and cared for.

Date of visit: February 2019
2  Thank LenKinSanJose
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had reservations this weekend and decided to drop by early since the power was out during as a result of the storm. The manager kindly informed us that unless the power came back on soon they wouldn’t be able to see to cook at...More

Date of visit: February 2019
2  Thank NoIberostarFan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food,ambience and service.  All plates came out looking delicious and all are shareable. Very good wine list as well. Would visit them again in an instant.

Date of visit: February 2019
2  Thank Sara J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We asked our hotel where we could get a great burger, while checking in. About noon. Portabella was their recommendation. Well, this is not a Burger joint. It was a wonderful dining experience! Walk down a couple stairs entering a small yet spacious dining area....More

Date of visit: February 2019
2  Thank beachster56
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Since the time we step in to the end the service was incredible. The owner was around all the time. The food was delicious and very tasty. Kids friendly, we could get in side with the 2 strollers open and without any weird faces around,...More

Date of visit: January 2019
2  Thank luispW7698KN
Reviewed January 12, 2019

We had a day trip to Carmel and when my wife picked this restaurant for lunch, I was skeptical, as it is located at the Ocean Ave (the main street of Carmel where most of the visitors would be walking around at). We tried several...More

Date of visit: January 2019
2  Thank anthonyklcheung
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I live in Australia so it may be better to ask the restaurant directly
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I am gluten free - yes. All delicious!
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