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Ocean Ave, Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
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11:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 21:30
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Laguna Beach, California
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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.

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San Ramon, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed traditional Thanksgiving dinner as well as ordered off the dinner menu. Great service and fresh food. Given our table took longer to set up than expected, the staff treated us to champagne while we waited. The owner also came by to see how our experience was. He was friendly, attentive and interested in our feedback.

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el dorado hills
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped by for lunch with a party of 5 and a dog. They sat us easily, quickly and even bought out water for our dog. Food was very good, had burger, mushroom soup and the beef short rib ravioli. Great place, great service typically Carmel charming.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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106 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After great race in Big Sur 5K spent a little time walking Pebble Beach. Local suggested this place for good food. I can say it is excellent food and even better service. Come back before I leave.

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Folsom, California, United States
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So, the last time my wife and I were in Carmel we did not have 2 little kids (under 3 yrs) and Carmel is great for couples, but the family vibe is really more for Monterey. But Carmel is the jewel of the area! We went out to eat for our anniversary dinner (without reservations). We wanted something nice, but... More 

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Livermore, CA
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119 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The same great people who have created magic at Dametra Cafe have done it again. From the beginning the decor is warm and inviting, and more intimate than Dametra as it is less open. and they have done wonders to the sleepy little bistro that was here. Service was very attentive, selection excellent, and the wine list works real well... More 

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is a fine little restaurant that typifies the traditional Carmel Dining Experience for us. Patio is right on the main street (Ocean) but below sidewalk level. Private but yet in the thick of activity. Food is very good but for us the ambience is of equal importance. Portabella has it. Great location, good food, excellent service. Interior and exterior... More 

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toronto
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Portabella was suggested to us for dinner by a local, so we thought great it has to be good. Although the decor is lovely and wait staff attentive the meal was a let down. My husband and I both ordered the steak. When it arrived it did not have that nice fresh look you expect in a nice restaurant and... More 

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Toronto
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Had an afternoon brunch of sorts here a couple of months ago. Very nice place. Food was delicious. Very good wine selection.

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Larkspur,California
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84 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We had not planned on stopping to eat, but the place is so inviting we decided to stay. It is also poodle friendly. We had soup, salad and a burger w fries.There was a sauce w the burger that did not arrive with the entree, but the manager quickly took care of the oversight. It looks like it had been... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:30
Monday
11:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 21:30
Friday
11:30 - 21:30
Saturday
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
Description
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?