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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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Carmel, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Another wonderful restaurant by the two young men who have become culinary stars in Carmel! Right on Ocean Avenue in the heart of Carmel is Portabella Restaurant, where the food is delectable, the service top notch and the atmosphere is romantic for couples but also fun for friends and families. We are local, and we love to return to Portabella,... More 

Thank Carmelites2015
San Francisco, California
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152 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While walking along Ocean Avenue in Carmel, I decided to find a place to eat. As I was passing Portabella, I felt drawn to the friendly atmosphere. I checked out the menu and decided to stay and have lunch. The menu is varied and I settled for the roasted chicken with lemon and garlic served with mashed potatoes. It was... More 

Thank travelsanti
Laguna Beach, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enclosed, dog friendly patio (so good choice for rainy or cool night), attentive staff, great food right in the heart of Carmel.

Thank LagunaBeach2010
Turlock, California
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ambiance of this place is gorgeous. The lighting was soft and inviting. It made the whole experience feel relaxed, while still remaining high-class. Our food came out in a reasonable amount of time (we ordered salads). The food was fresh, colorful, and delicious. We will be back!

1 Thank Danielle T
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We tried Portabella, largely because Trip Advisor listed it as having gluten free offerings. Apparently the listing was incorrect, but my wife found a number of items that she could safely order, so no problem. My grilled octopus appetizer was good, but not as outstanding as I had hoped. The seafood linguini dish, however, was outstanding. My wife's rib eye... More 

Thank James G. J
Bangkok, Thailand
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415 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a lovely lunch with family on a Saturday afternoon. We ate outside for a table of four and I enjoyed 2 glasses of their local pinot noir. I had the lobster bisque and the salmon salad; both were nice but nothing to write home about. For the price and the service I thought this was a rather low value... More 

Thank jazsacher
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We noticed this charming, quaint, little restaurant while walking in Carmel. It is so pretty and so inviting! We stopped in without a reservation for dinner and had no problem getting a table as there were no other people in the front dining room (two couples came in later). The corner table/booth by the window was lovely and our server... More 

Thank BMemphis_13
Seabeck, Washington
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

This was a third return visit to Portabello (now under new management). The standards of everything were as good or better than last year. The service was friendly and charming (they produced a large ice cream dessert for a 70th birthday, promptly devoured by 3 grandchildren); the setting is delightful with pretty indoor seating and an outside patio; and the... More 

Thank haversmk
northern California
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

The atmosphere of this restaurant is charming and romantic, setting the scene for a wonderful time. There are multiple rooms for a choice of setting, a cozy bar, even a room which allows dogs. The menu is varied and interesting, and the food superb. This is a place to linger, to feel almost in a foreign country, to savor tastes... More 

Thank Hay_9
Sacramento, California
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144 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

This cosy little restaurant, tucked into one of those quaint Snow White and the Seven Dwarves-style Carmel houses, is as comfortable and welcoming as a lovely home. The charming international staff take such gracious care of their clients. We felt pampered! Each course we had seemed even better than the previous one. The pesto dip for the bread was delicious,... More 

Thank SacAnnie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $40
Gluten Free, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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?