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“Excellent Lunch!” 4 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: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Excellent Lunch!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

What a great find. Stopped by for some wine and soup. Both were excellent as well as the service. The manager or owner stopped by and chatted with us for five minutes. Highly recommended.

Visited September 2013
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“Lunch spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

Pleasant lunch spot, sitting outside in the tiny garden. We enjoyed bruschetta and a tuna salad. God portions, nicely served with pleasant and attentive waiting staff and owner. Unremarkable glass of Chardonnay. Inside is quite large and looked very good indeed

Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
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“No Wine no expensive drinks - no good service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

After some breath taking views and long walks along the beach we were ready for dinner. Although not our first, choice we chose this restaurant because the aroma of the paella someone was enjoying outside, it was charming and there was not a long wait. After disappointing the waiter that we would not be ordering a bottle of wine or any other pricey drinks we were IGNORED the rest of our dining experience.
I ordered the paella and a variation of clam chowder the soup was EXCELLENT the Paella was good, but nothing like what I had in Spain. My GF ordered the Monterey Sand Dabs and I was not impress either. After tipping 5 USD for effect, we left disappointed...

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Ottawa, Canada
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“LOOK NO FARTHER IN CARMEL”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

There is no shortage of restaurants in the beautiful town of Carmel but one would be hard-pressed to better the experience and value of a meal at Portabella. From the old country atmosphere and painstaking service to the culinary delights, it scores at every level and it is difficult to imagine how it could be bettered at any price or location. We had Seafood Capellini and the amazing special with pasta and seared scallops in a mascarpone cheese sauce, then finished it off with a delicious creme brûlée. Our waiter was knowledgable, entertaining and dedicated. All round it was a memorable yet affordable highlight of our Carmel visit.

  • Visited September 2013
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“Wonderful as always!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Delicious cuisine, nice atmosphere and stellar service - we love Portabella and have dined there numerous times.The front patio is so charming - quintessential Carmel.

Visited August 2013
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