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Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
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Mediterranean, European, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Not while ago my lady friend and I went for dinner at this beautiful restaurant for dinner. Both of us had the special - scallops. I don't think I've tried better ones anywhere else as there. Over all, the ambience was amazing. The servers were...More

Thank Stoyan A
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was one of the places recommended by the hotel staff where we were staying. Portabella has several cozy dinning areas including a nice atrium. Although it is a fine dining experience, it's also appropriate for family gatherings.

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful lunch at Portabella. The restaurant is so cozy and charming ( much like the city) and the service is excellent. I had the chicken sandwich and my husband had the blue cheese burger....both were perfect. We had a quaint little table...More

1  Thank Christenh1313
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in here a few days ago and had dinner. The hostess was very friendly and welcoming. We chose a table on the back patio--very nice and quiet. The service was excellent. We think both the owner and manager came by to welcome us...More

1  Thank thekellys5
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tiny little restaurant is so well run and managed by its 2 on-site owners that it truly qualifies for the perfect label. Decor, beautiful background music, each selection chosen by the owners, ambiance, service, price and cuisine are all perfectly balanced in this warm...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one charming restaurant. They took great care of us during our lunch. All the food was very fresh and I have to rave about the mushroom soup it was delicious. If you want atmosphere and ambiance then go to Portabella.

1  Thank hillary s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Carmel by the Sea itself is like a tp back in time to Merry Old England, or something out of Tolkien, and this place is redolent - metaphorically speaking - of a mixture between old world charm and Jamaica Inn atmosphere with a lot of...More

1  Thank Esty666
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Close to our hotel. Just stumbled on it. Wine is a little pricy but food priced fairly reasonably. Nice atmosphere. Lamb and fish were good, salad was interesting.

1  Thank trip atkins
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Service here was excellent. The ambience is very nice as well, good people watching, good music. The food some dishes were excellent such as the crab bisque, some were pretty good such as their carbonara, some unimpressive and bland such as their short ribs and...More

1  Thank Marysol C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a get together with 7 friends for dinner. We thought the food and service was spectacular. We Definitely will be back!

1  Thank ttocsnodrog_2000
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2 May 2016|
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Response from Terry B | Reviewed this property |
When we were there in April for dinner it was cold outside. There were no heaters in the front outdoor patio. However, there is another patio that is in the back of the restaurant that has heaters and is actually enclosed... More
Linda J
22 April 2016|
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Response from Wendy W | Reviewed this property |
Hi! There are two "patios". One in the front of the building that is truly "outside" and a second one that has been enclosed in the back of the restaurant. By the way... they can provide blankets! Both are "dog friendly... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-624-4395
  • E-mail
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. Vegetarian options are available.
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