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Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Dined early on Monday, sat inside as the fog was moving in. Arianna greeted, seated and served us. She is a very highly trained and accomplished server. Her attention and callbacks were frequent and perfectly timed. This menu has so many wonderful choices it is...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Food was fine, atmosphere was nice. Everything was good, except for the service. It was the greatest ever. Our server was so sweet. But he was more. I saw him shaking my husband's martini, he may have cooked the dinner and he serenaded and played...More

1  Thank Mary Ellen L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service is excellent .we took humus pita to start with then moving to fresh and tasty salad. Very good for a light lunch at the terrasse

2  Thank Do Binh B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I loved this restaurant! Not only was the food absolutely delicious....... short ribs, divine. The manager welcomed us and everyone else like old friends and the table service was prompt and friendly. Creme Brulee was awesome. We were seated on the patio........More

3  Thank Gene_Julie_Jackson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This turned out to be one of the better places to dine in Carmel. The table for four was a bit small and offputting at first; however, that was the only potential downside to what turned out to be a lovely evening. The service was...More

3  Thank maybellesimms
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is such a great restaurant that as many restaurants carmel has to offer I’d rather come here for the sure deal! I’ve been coming here for years and even through the change of ownership the menu and taste remains great! Service great! They always...More

2  Thank stacy s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I had a fabulous dinner here! The service was more of a 3-4 star but the food was tasty. We stopped in with our two dogs around 8:00-8:30ish. We we're seated on the back patio which is dog friendly and very nice....More

2  Thank hotellover13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had excellent experience in this place. Very delicious food and very good atmosphere. Definitely recommend this place.

2  Thank An S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice restaurant on Ocean Avenue. Interesting interior decor with a fireplace. As it was warm we sat outside on the terrace, good for people watching. Charming service. Good selection of beers and extensive menu. Both the burger and chicken sandwich were excellent, portion size just...More

2  Thank MarkiG
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the most charming restaurants in downtown Carmel. Set in an old house and greeted by the warm hostess and owner, Portabella offers great ambiance. For an Italian restaurant, however, the food is only B level. Being foodies, we will explore other options Carmel...More

3  Thank MTWOODSON76
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25 July 2018|
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Response from jeanadrienne | Reviewed this property |
I am gluten free - yes. All delicious!
20 November 2017|
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Response from Sam_rihani | Property representative |
street parking
24 August 2017|
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Response from Michael B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, full bar and good wine list
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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, Private Dining, Seating, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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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