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“Fabulous every time!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Portabella

Portabella
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Ranked #18 of 156 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: 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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“Fabulous every time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2011

My husband and I have eaten at PortaBella several times in recent years and have had a wonderful dining experience on each occasion. Our most recent dinner, last August, was no exception. We always dine on the patio at this restaurant (including once with our dog) - the atmosphere is charming. It's lovely inside as well, however, we've always been blessed with decent weather when we eat at PortaBella. As alway, the service on this visit was wonderful. If I remeber correctly, we started with he Tapas Plate this time - so good. I had the Coq au Vin, scrumptios, and my husband had a special - I can't recall what, but I do remeber he loved it. We have tried a number of items on the menu over the years and enjoyed them all. This visit, as every other, we left feeling happy andsatisfied with a wonderful dining experience. We will definately eat at PortaBella again!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Bellisima!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

Fantastic Italian restaurant on the main drag (Ocean St.) of Carmel...Superb atmosphere, terrific service, excellent cuisine (romantic for the romanticists but merely a peaceful like "zen" experience for the rest of us!) Their soups are "a cut above" in all respects. The front patio faces the street and is quaint. The interior is tableclothed with nice arrangement, fireplace and very small and intimate. Food could not be better...

  • Visited October 2011
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“Shouldn't miss”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2011

We had dinner here a few years ago and thought it was wonderful. Went back again this trip and were not disappointed. Great food, service and atmosphere.

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Palo Alto, California
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“Wonderful dog friendly restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2011

After a day at the beach we took our lab to dinner at Portabella. This is a great restaurant with an "indoor patio" for the dog crowd. The patio has a roof and canvas and plastic walls and heaters so it is especially good for rainy or cold days. The dog is welcomed with a nice bowl of water. The food is quite tasty and service is excellent.

  • Visited August 2011
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“Beautiful and delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2011

My husband and I had lunch here during our stay in Carmel. Cottage atmosphere and great food. One of the best paella's we've had! Pricey but well worth it for a very nice lunch or dinner in the heart of Carmel. Excellent friendly staff.

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