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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 good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • 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 1 week ago

Portabella is one of the highest rated restaurants in Carmel, and it doesn't disappoint. We enjoyed choices from their extensive Italian menu, had very good service, and enjoyed the ambiance of this centrally located restaurant.

2  Thank Robert C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I had a really nice dinner here last week. The host was very friendly and welcoming when we arrived for our reservation, even though we were a few minutes late (I called to let him know), and checked in with us during...More

3  Thank Sightsee38664938138
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The staff was very friendly and offered us an excellent service. The food and the wine was delicious and the price was fair considering the amount and quality. Highly recommended!

2  Thank Fabiana F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We sat out by the street on a lovely day and enjoyed a fine bottle of wine. The bread was excellent as was the corn and crab bisque. The avocado chicken sandwich was served on lovely bread. They gave us some complimentary baklava for dessert...More

2  Thank Bima01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great Italian-restaurant atmosphere, super attentive waiters team. Faisel the owner welcomed us at the table. Food’s amazing!

2  Thank 385gils
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I know this place has mostly good reviews and I will admit the service here was very good with the manager coming over several times to see how everything was going and the food was pretty good but we ordered too much and probably the...More

Thank Rick N
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

Used Tripadvisor to find this restaurant and it lived up to prior reviews. Great service friendly, knowledgable staff, varied menu with adequate choices without being overwhelming. Cozy Italian decor, complete with table-side vocals. We had the crab bisque, braised ribs, lamb, king salmon and the...More

2  Thank PennyCampriello
Reviewed 11 October 2018

We picked out a restaurant for dinner on Ocean Avenue but it is already filled but the owner is on site and walks us next door to what he calls his 'sister' restaurant. He introduced us to his maitre d' saw us seated and returned...More

2  Thank Reuben M
Reviewed 2 October 2018

This was one of the best restaurants we ate at during our three days in Carmel. The food was perfect and the waitress and maître d' were both very friendly and helpful. The cocktails, food, wine, and dessert were all delicious and reasonably priced for...More

2  Thank WorldTraveler543216
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Service was good. My husband had the short ribs which were excellent. I ordered the ravioli special. At 36 dollars very disappointing. The soft pillows I was expecting were more like grandmas 20 year old guest pillows. 4 scallops did not make up for it....More

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Nancy G
8 November 2018|
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Response from Reuben M | Reviewed this property |
I live in Australia so it may be better to ask the restaurant directly
25 July 2018|
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I am gluten free - yes. All delicious!
20 November 2017|
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, 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
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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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