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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I went here for our anniversary and fell in love. The food was excellent, the Chef came to our table and we shared a glass of wine (Plumpjack 2002) and he waved the corkage, This was our 25th anniversary and he was...delightful. The food was amazing and he comped us the desert. We will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best meals and best service I’ve ever had in Carmel. Our server Veronica what is beyond magnificent and pampered us like we were VIPs. She deserves server of the year. We ordered the sand dabs and sea scallops that were absolutely delicious....Cocktails were great and salads were delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant for the amazing service and food and the ambience is so cozy. You feel like you are in Europe.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed December 13, 2022 via mobile

Awesome place. Nice food. Tawanda was a lovely host. I will definitely be coming back soon and bring some friends along too!

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed November 25, 2022

We have visited Carmel many times but until yesterday had never eaten at this venerable Carmel restaurant. Our loss. This is a cozy place that is very popular. My wife had the traditional Thanksgiving dinner and I had the grilled octopus and the sand dabs...in lemon caper sauce. Both were cooked to perfection. We passed on dessert. The service was fine and friendly. It is on the pricey side, but we will definitely put this in he rotation for our next trip to Carmel.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 6, 2022 via mobile

The dishes were good but a bit pricey. Okay it's. Carmel. The part we hated was the slow service. It took them 20 minutes just to ask us if we wanted any drinks or appetizers. For four people it was 2 hour experience. No one...returned after the entrees were serve to see if we needed anything. It seems like forever between entree and dessert time. The atmosphere is cozy. A two and a half hour dinner is just too long for us, just saying.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 2, 2022

We had an amazing lunch at Portabella! We both had salads and wine. The wine selection was great. We would definitely eat here again.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 31, 2022 via mobile

Food was great, but service was far from that. Our request to serve the dishes European style (in a slower pace) so we could enjoy our evening was laughed away. We had to refill our wine and sparkling water ourselves. And when we held out...on ordering desert so we could finish our wine, we were told the kitchen was closing. So, we ordered and ate our desert. After finishing a new couple comes in and was in invited to dine. Kitchen did not seem closed at all. Finally the bill, 3,5% cc charge and on top of that a request for gratuity of 18%+. In restaurants outside Carmel we didn’t have to pay a 3,5% sur charge and why should I pay 18% gratuity over that sur charge? Should I be thankful that you provide the most common way of payment in America? Of course we adjusted our gratuity accordingly to the service received, but would rather have had a service that represents the 200+ dollar spend.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 28, 2022 via mobile

Very cozy place. Reeeeally good services and the food was EXCELLENT. We had the parpadelle bolognese and the salmon. 100% recommended

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 4, 2022 via mobile

You simply must enjoy this restaurant. From the bread with a pesto dipping sauce which was CRAZY delicious, to Linguini Frutti de Mare which had the freshest and most delicious mussels, shrimp and calamari in a velvety lobster sauce all in what is clearly freshly...made linguini, and a fresh fish dish with a butter and caper sauce … oh my! We enjoyed ourselves so much we ordered dinner and desserts to go so we could have more food this evening!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 16, 2022 via mobile

Great service, and very good food. We were there for lunch and the salads were super fresh, and the chicken sandwich with Swiss and avocado was excellent. They also served a very nice French rosé

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 12, 2022

We went to this restaurant since it was highly rate on trip advisor. But it was very disappointing. We ordered mussels and lobster ravioli for appetizers. The mussle was tough and tasteless. Ravioli was average and has only three small pieces for $20. For entrees...we ordered roasted short ribs and lamb filet. The short ribs were incredibly try and flavorless. The lamb was also very plain.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 29, 2022

The food is excellent as well as the service being spot on. The Ambience is great for a date night or relaxing evening.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 8, 2022

The restaurant itself was a pleasant surprise in being much less pretentious that many similar places whilst still being smart and welcoming. Service was efficient but was delivered with no personality. Our starters and main courses were both excellent - the lobster ravioli was especially...good. The absence of a lighter red on the wine list was a shame.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 25, 2022 via mobile

We visited Carmel by the sea late in the afternoon and were lucky to get seated here. Excellent food, great wine selection, and best of all, friendly and efficient service. The gentleman playing the guitar was the cherry on top. He delighted us with a...song from home, El Jibarito, by Rafael Hernández. Thank you!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 22, 2022 via mobile

We had a fantastic celebratory meal for my birthday. The service was outstanding. We had a brief wait for our table in the owner/manager kept us informed the entire time apologizing for the wait. We had delightful table out on their front patio which is...rather small. The food was stellar everything we ordered was delicious. They easily accommodated us with opening our special bottle of champagne and the server made sure to keep our glasses appropriately phone.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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