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Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
Closes in 26 min
11:30 AM - 9:30 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 1 week ago via mobile

Used Tripadvisor to find this restaurant and it lived up to prior reviews. Great service friendly, knowledgable staff, varied menu with adequate choices without being overwhelming. Cozy Italian decor, complete with table-side vocals. We had the crab bisque, braised ribs, lamb, king salmon and the...More

2  Thank PennyCampriello
Reviewed 1 week ago

We picked out a restaurant for dinner on Ocean Avenue but it is already filled but the owner is on site and walks us next door to what he calls his 'sister' restaurant. He introduced us to his maitre d' saw us seated and returned...More

2  Thank Reuben M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of the best restaurants we ate at during our three days in Carmel. The food was perfect and the waitress and maître d' were both very friendly and helpful. The cocktails, food, wine, and dessert were all delicious and reasonably priced for...More

2  Thank WorldTraveler543216
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Service was good. My husband had the short ribs which were excellent. I ordered the ravioli special. At 36 dollars very disappointing. The soft pillows I was expecting were more like grandmas 20 year old guest pillows. 4 scallops did not make up for it....More

Thank travelotcityCalgary
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ambient restaurant with excellent service. This restaurant made you feel like they really appreciated that you came for dinner and were most welcoming and thankful for the business (even though they were totally full). Richard, who greeted us, was such an asset, first when he...More

2  Thank danielaH7683LM
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great restaurant with outstanding cuisine, excellent wait staff and a cozy ambiance. You can’t go wrong and make a reservation since it is a popular place with locals and tourists. Indoor and outdoor dining is available though on a cool night indoor...More

2  Thank WineEng
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dined early on Monday, sat inside as the fog was moving in. Arianna greeted, seated and served us. She is a very highly trained and accomplished server. Her attention and callbacks were frequent and perfectly timed. This menu has so many wonderful choices it is...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was fine, atmosphere was nice. Everything was good, except for the service. It was the greatest ever. Our server was so sweet. But he was more. I saw him shaking my husband's martini, he may have cooked the dinner and he serenaded and played...More

2  Thank Mary Ellen L
Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

Service is excellent .we took humus pita to start with then moving to fresh and tasty salad. Very good for a light lunch at the terrasse

3  Thank Do Binh B
Reviewed September 5, 2018

My husband and I loved this restaurant! Not only was the food absolutely delicious....... short ribs, divine. The manager welcomed us and everyone else like old friends and the table service was prompt and friendly. Creme Brulee was awesome. We were seated on the patio........More

3  Thank Gene_Julie_Jackson
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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
Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
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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