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“Great food and service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Portabella

Portabella
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Ranked #17 of 153 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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.
Ohio
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123 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

This was our second time at Protobella- the food and the service are both excellent. While in Carmel this a great place - the eat and enjoy the evening

  • Visited August 2013
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Loma Linda, California
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125 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Superb food in the heart of Carmel.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Had a wonderful lunch at the outside tables on the main street of Carmel. Seafood, salads; and sandwiches were superb. Reasonable prices.

Visited August 2013
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Brentwood, California
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155 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Good food, very accommodating staff--dog friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We always eat here when we go to Carmel. The restaurant is warm and inviting plus our little poodle is very welcome. We eat in the enclosed patio. Our last visit was at lunch. I had the grilled Portobello mushroom sandwich with goat cheese on pizza bread--yum! My husband had a specialty specialty salad. We ordered a grilled chicken breast for our dog--was he ever happy! He had his small share and my husband had the rest with his salad.

Visited August 2013
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Mill Valley, CA
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Cozy and dependable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Dine at small tables indoors or outdoors, in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Always fresh and flavorful northern Italian fare.

Visited August 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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70 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Ate Here Twice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We ate here both days we were in Carmel, once for lunch and once for dinner. Food and atmosphere were great. Owned by a charming Italian gentleman who used his charms on us.

Visited July 2013
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