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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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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 2 days ago via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed a romantic dinner during a rain storm, where we endured a leaky roof and a couple of Westie dogs on the patio that added you the charm. Food was great as well as the service. Try the mushroom risotto and...More

2  Thank MTWOODSON76
Reviewed 1 week ago

We landed with a fairly large group of 9 including 5 children and were quickly accommodated. The kids menu is cheap and was popular with the children - good portion sizes. Nice atmosphere, attractively decorated with friendly, helpful staff. I had croque monsieur which was...More

1  Thank Paul B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful service and friendly. I was alone and so nice to me. GREAT great salmon and the bed hummus ever. I will go back. Fabulous.

1  Thank Karen1949622
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Family dinner. Arrived early for our reservation and were immediately given glasses of cava while we waited. On seating, orders were taken promptly. A Cabernet from Daou was selected and was a steal at $60 (to the point where another one was ordered). I would...More

1  Thank malibuirishmike
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cute restaurant in the heart of Carmel - but if you are in the front room on a cold night you will battle frigid breezes throughout your meal. There was a lot of server confusion - I'm not sure who was actually waiting on us....More

Thank featherfly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cozy restaurant in Carmel. Food is delicious! Staff is very thoughtful and the owner very nice. Good wine options!

1  Thank Fernanda A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on Christmas Eve for dinner. Promptly seated, with friendly wait staff. Owner dropped by table to insure all was good. They have a small bar, and the Manhattan was outstanding. The wine list was also good, as well as affordable. The corn-crab bisque was...More

Thank jim1doug
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Try the ribeye steak, it was to die for and paired with ravage cabinet..the atmosphere is the coziest in Carmel in my opinion. My girlfriend had one of their basil signature cocktails which she loved. They have live guitar playing and the owner checked on...More

1  Thank Shaheen A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was the highlight of our trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea the food was amazing and the atmosphere was so cute and cozy will be back Next time we are in town

1  Thank mike177788
Reviewed 10 December 2017

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

1  Thank CenterFielder
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21 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
3 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
USD 20 - USD 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
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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