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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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Oakland, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

You better go now before you can't get in. It was truly amazing. Everything was made to perfection. Loved the mushroom soup and the seafood linguini service was almost too good. Very attentive. The chef came out and asked how everything was. I just wish this restaurant was closer to my home so I could come back all the time.... More 

Thank LaurieMR
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

We were visiting Carmel, and hadn't chosen a restaurant. Walking around we found Portabella right off the corner of Ocean and Monte Verde. It's set down off the street in what looks like a little rock grotto but don't be fooled. It goes back quite a ways. The staff was very caring to make sure our dining experience was warm,... More 

Thank Deb N
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

We found this place on our walk to the beach. The menu looked great and restaurant was romantic. The cocktails, dinner and service was exceptional. The violinist was a great addition to the meal. Sit on the back patio when you go.

1 Thank kaecher
San Jose, California
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50 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

Dined on the heated patio in the back with my daughter & our chocolate lab. We were glad that adjacent tables on both sides were empty, otherwise it would have been cramped & challenging with our large pup. Charlie normally gets a lot of attention, but that evening comments were particularly numerous & over the top, from both staff &... More 

Thank Kunci
Frankfurt, Germany
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Spontaneous "by-chance" stop on our walk back home from the beach on a cool May Carmel afternoon. Really busy but Rafael found a great outside-front table for us, just the exact table we were hoping for! We enjoyed a bottle of great Italian wine starting with delicious fresh bread and Pesto dip (unfortunately our first wine choice was temporarily sold... More 

Thank J. C
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

After a grueling drive from Los Angeles we were ready for lunch. We decided to search for a new restaurant since we had reservations for dinner already. We liked the look of the menu and decided to try Portobella on Ocean in Carmel, California. We were glad we did. The server could not have been more charming. The menu was... More 

Thank Richard W
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Top off a morning of shopping with lunch at Portabella in thriving Carmel by the Sea. The setting is European romantic, the food is delicious and the service is impeccable.

Thank tjcnewyork
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Another restaurant nearby was packed so I thought this one looked enchanting with the white table cloths. though the restaurant had plenty of empty tables, I was given one in the back which had dated decor. the service probably rates near the top as having amongst the most excellent service that I ever received at a restaurant due to their... More 

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Oakland, California
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

the decor is lovely, the staff was incredibly welcoming and helpful. the food was INCREDIBLE, beef tenderloin, salmon, and ahi tuna appetizer were delicious. very good overall, they had a very sweet gentleman playing a violin (or similar stringed instrument) and that was interesting. my boyfriend is gluten free and he had the beef tenderloin.

Thank yasmin k
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Environment: We stopped here for our first dinner of our stay. Very charming place with nice outside seating area. We sat inside, since I was sick and it was chilly out, but the outside seating is great for the weather and for people watching. The restaurant is also dog friendly. We saw two dogs in the outdoor seating area, which... More 

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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
Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, 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 - 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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?