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Ocean Ave, Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 21:30
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Santa Cruz, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a fantastic experience this was. It was a milestone Birthday for my wife. We went in and were warmly greeted by Faisal and the staff. We shared a salad that was top notch. My wife had the Salmon and I had the special Lamb Chops that were cooked perfect and the largest portion I have ever seen. After dinner,... More 

Thank Daniel A
Miami, Florida
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Warm, attentive and professional service in a cozy setting make our experience quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, aside from the very tasty warm bread, we found the food to be mediocre at best. The bisque was nothing more than mildly tasty broth with a few pieces of corn (no pieces of any seafood at all). The main courses we selected (pasta carbonara... More 

Thank Steve R
Belmont, California
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our 67th wedding anniversary trip. When we were seated by apparently the manager, we immediately received glasses of bubbly, courtesy of the restaurant. The server was excellent and allowed us ample time to finish our cocktails before the delicious food arrived. AND THEN...the manager (who plays a stringed instrument) and a cook with a marvelous voice, sang a... More 

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Yuba City, Ca
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82 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wife and I were looking for restaurant to eat dinner and we came up on the Portabella and decided to go in. And I have to say this was an excellent decision. We walked and were asked by a young gentleman if we had reservations and we told him "no" and he said no problem and immediately sat us down.... More 

1 Thank KeithYubaCity_Ca
San Francisco, California
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife enjoyed lunch at Portabella. The food and wine was amazing!!! Atmosphere was cute and prices we very fair. We would absolutely recommend Portabella.

1 Thank Matt C
Stockton, California
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Nice lunch, the crab corn soup was great, we split a chicken sandwich. The staff was friendly. We did have wait a bit to be served but we will return. The back room in the restruant was much warmer so if it's cold out side go into the second dinning room

Thank 723rudyg
Pembroke Pines, Florida
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

The place transports you to Europe. The service is excellent, pet friendly, and the food fantastic. The wine list is good.

1 Thank bradtahan
Carmel, California
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110 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

We love Dametra's so when we heard this was owned by the same people we felt we had to try it for our special date night. Portabella has nice cosy ambience and the waitstaff were lovely. Our wine waiter was particularly knowledgeable and friendly. So all good there. The food however....Meh. Not that great. We felt that everything was a... More 

Thank TeeEmm
Greenville, North Carolina
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

We were traveling from LA to San Francisco over Thanksgiving week. We choose Monterey CA to stay for the night at Hilton garden inn. We decided to have dinner in Carmel CA. Walking enjoying our family time together we used trip advisor to search restaurants. Portabella Carmel had great reviews. The restaurant was full. The owner took us to another... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Have been coming to Portabella for about 15 years. Still as charming in the interior as the exterior. Very quiet ambience and great service. Perfect for quiet intimate evening. Everything is good. Friendly staff keeps us coming back every year.

1 Thank traveldocgolfer

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 40
Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, 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 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ocean Ave, Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-624-4395
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?