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“A little piece of Europe in Carmel” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Portabella

Portabella
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Ranked #18 of 152 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
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.
Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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159 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“A little piece of Europe in Carmel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

From the excellent and bountiful lunch menu choices, extensive wine list and attentive service, we'll be back the next time we're in Carmel. The older European wait staff definitely knows how to treat customers well. Reasonable prices for such high-quality fare. The owner touring the tables and schmoozing the diners was sincere and clearly not staged.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Romantic restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

We dined in early December, the staff was extremely friendly!! They were more than happy to take photos of us under their Christmas tree. The foix & wine were excellent. This was a very romantic dinner.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank PugRiser
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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Pretentious”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

We made a reservation in person in the afternoon of the evening we ate here and were asked if we'd like to eat in the back terrace. When we arrived we were shoved into a small table for two in a corner of the restaurant indoors. I couldn't move my chair back as the staircase was in the way. The waiter behaved as if it was a Michelin-starred restaurant, but I'm afraid the food didn't quite match his attitude. My husband's meal (a duck dish) was quite nice but my halibut was disappointing, dry, although it had an accompaniment of (too much) pink gratefruit. In the 2 weeks we spent travelling around California, I would say it was the only meal I didn't enjoy. The restaurant was quite full though, so perhaps I just ordered badly. It was also one of the most expensive meals we had!

Visited August 2013
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1 Thank BetF830
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Ohio
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125 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank M-LOhio
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Loma Linda, California
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136 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Superb food in the heart of Carmel.”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank James K
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