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Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:30 PMAll hours
Italian, French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
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Reviewed 4 days ago

After a morning of traipsing up and down Ocean Avenue, we stopped into this charming restaurant after making an Open Table reservation (and relying on the reviews in OT). First of all, the service from the moment you are greeted until the second you depart...More

Thank CenterFielder
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

came here with my boyfriend and we are happy we did .. great food and great service ,the owner aproched out table and made sure everything is good ... great experience will be back soon

1  Thank sara j
Reviewed 6 days ago

I came in alone and was greeted by multiple servers. I had been hiking all day and my phone died so I was seated by a place to charge my phone. I felt as if I was in Europe; the service was wonderful and the...More

Thank AKP14
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a fabulous dinner there on our first night. The calamari is my fav and Portabella did not disappoint!

Thank Deborah S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked on opentable and were seated at a table in the front of the restaurant, by a table where the owner's were having dinner. We were celebrating a special occasion and two glasses of complimentary champagne arrived shortly after being seated. Our first course...More

1  Thank syrahgirl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just great,the food and the service is very very good, loved it.the fish was so fresh.the steak mmmmm.

1  Thank valantino n
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We saw this place as we were walking Carmel. We ultimately came back to it when it was time to eat. It had a delightful little patio that was perfect because the weather was so wonderful. Our waiter was gracious and helpful but not pushy....More

1  Thank Kat B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best food and best food in Carmel... great cocktails and great service ..its a must in Carmel .... Ask for faisal he is the owner and took great care of us

1  Thank Loie N
Reviewed 1 November 2017

We celebrated our 10 year anniversary at this restaurant. The staff went above and beyond to welcome us and help us celebrate. Not only did they treat us with a special champagne toast for the 2 of us but also served exceptional food! Very quaint,...More

1  Thank stephanie802017
Reviewed 31 October 2017

After a very mediocre dinner at another Carmel restaurant (not Il Fornaio - that place is great), we stopped here for a glass of wine. The service was great, and the owner or manager even came over to chat with us and introduce himself. We...More

1  Thank BlueKitsy
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20 November 2017|
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Response from Sam_rihani | Property representative |
street parking
23 August 2017|
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Response from Michael B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, full bar and good wine list
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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
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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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