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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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San Diego, California
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I made reservations at Portabella for a family Christmas Eve dinner, based on the fact that the restaurant is dog-friendly and kid-friendly too. We were originally thinking of bringing our dogs, but after a very busy day on the beach, we thought it best to leave the exhausted dogs in the car (it was cool and dark by then) and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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124 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We dined at Portabella for Christmas dinner, and loved it! Portabella was one of the few local restaurants open for Christmas, and was therefore absolutely packed with people, but the staff did a great job of keeping up with all of us and making us feel very welcome and attended to. The food was absolutely delicious, especially the sand dabs,... More 

1 Thank LibbyTeal
Wilton, CA
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100 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Our waiter, Luiz Ferreira, made this a fantastic dinning experience from the moment we arrived. He walked us to our table upon our arrival and walked us back to the door when we were finished. We way he'd him with other diners, as well, and concluded that he should are a book on customer. The meal was excellent...lamb shank for... More 

1 Thank jacksondlz
Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Whilst we received a great welcome, the atmosphere was a little formal. Service was good and the food very acceptable. However, we did not realise that this was a pet friendly restaurant, and I am not quite sure if having animals in a restaurant is really hygenic. Your choice. Graham S Malvern UK

1 Thank Stozzer1
Pasadena, California
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108 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This is a nice restaurant, which is very pet friendly. Not only can you eat on the front patio with your pet, you can request to be seated on the back patio, which is basically enclosed. Service and food were very good also.

1 Thank 1goofybird
Auckland, New Zealand
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

Sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful ambience. Food was gorgeous, service was excellent, and enjoyed the steady stream of local diners heading off to dinner with their canine companions.

1 Thank FionnaS
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We had a nice meal here. I felt as though it was a bit rushed but it was fine. They had obviously had a busy Saturday night and we were a bit late. Never-the-less it was a quaint place and the food was nice.

1 Thank lullu57
Dallas, TX
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136 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Just had an agreeable business/social dinner at Portabella. The Maitre D was pleasant and friendly as he greeted our party. We did not have a reservation and were pleased to be seated on the outdoor patio. There is a bit of a view of the water and the sunset, but it's a little far off. Still, the patio setting was... More 

1 Thank TonyTimeShare
Walnut Creek, CA
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

They were able to seat our party of 8, with no waiting! We all had the same salad, and various drinks. Good service and lively atmosphere!

1 Thank coolmomma28
Breckenridge, Colorado
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

All four of us at dinner had excellent meals. I would highly recommend trying the Sand Dab, a fish like Dover Sole, but sweeter.

1 Thank Ellen G

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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
Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, 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?