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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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Portabella was suggested to us for dinner by a local, so we thought great it has to be good. Although the decor is lovely and wait staff attentive the meal was a let down. My husband and I both ordered the steak. When it arrived it did not have that nice fresh look you expect in a nice restaurant and... More 

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16 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had an afternoon brunch of sorts here a couple of months ago. Very nice place. Food was delicious. Very good wine selection.

Thank Haywood7912
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had not planned on stopping to eat, but the place is so inviting we decided to stay. It is also poodle friendly. We had soup, salad and a burger w fries.There was a sauce w the burger that did not arrive with the entree, but the manager quickly took care of the oversight. It looks like it had been... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I sat at the small bar. Riva was our bartender and was a great ambassador for the restaurant and the area. He provided a perfect amount of engagement and read us well. We snacked on the carpaccio which was delicious.

Thank David P
London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

We've been (very) lucky on our California road trip, having eaten at some great restaurants. So Portabella, admittedly, had some stiff competition. Sadly it was the first meal we were dissapointed by 7 nights in. And it remains the worse another couple of meals later. It wasn't bad. Just average in comparison to our other nights out. The service was... More 

Thank Dan D
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

A lovely place for a tastie meal or just a romantic glass of wine. Their pesto bread dip is a wonderful start to an extensive food and drink menu. Glad to have discovered this memorable place! #osborneadventures

Thank Evan C
Lexington, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Probably the worse $15 hamburger ever. The "freshly baked" brioche bun was covered in a crust that fell apart into dry crumbs. Although I ordered mine medium, it was way past well done- dry and tasteless. Wish we had kept walking.

Thank NCtourist
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Delicious food, excellent service. Very friendly too. Of course ambiance was great - it is Carmel after all! We went for dinner.

Thank Happyemptynester
Roseville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

My wife and I thought the food and service were very good. The resturant is pet friendly which i don't have a problem with but this woman was letting her dog sit on her lap and occasionally get on the table. That is where they should have drawn the line. Pets should be on the ground because the next people... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

The restaurant is very well decorated and has an authentic Mediterranean vibe from the moment you enter. The manager was very hospitable and genuine. He made our experience here very enjoyable. We came for lunch and ordered the mussels, they were the large in size, perfectly steamed and succulent in taste. The crab bisque and Linguine Ai Frutti Di Mare... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 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, 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, Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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 - 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 Peninsula  >  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?