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Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • 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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1 - 10 of 195 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Had a fabulous dinner there on our first night. The calamari is my fav and Portabella did not disappoint!

Thank Deborah S
Reviewed 2 days ago

We booked on opentable and were seated at a table in the front of the restaurant, by a table where the owner's were having dinner. We were celebrating a special occasion and two glasses of complimentary champagne arrived shortly after being seated. Our first course...More

1  Thank syrahgirl
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Just great,the food and the service is very very good, loved it.the fish was so fresh.the steak mmmmm.

1  Thank valantino n
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We saw this place as we were walking Carmel. We ultimately came back to it when it was time to eat. It had a delightful little patio that was perfect because the weather was so wonderful. Our waiter was gracious and helpful but not pushy....More

1  Thank Kat B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Best food and best food in Carmel... great cocktails and great service ..its a must in Carmel .... Ask for faisal he is the owner and took great care of us

1  Thank Loie N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We celebrated our 10 year anniversary at this restaurant. The staff went above and beyond to welcome us and help us celebrate. Not only did they treat us with a special champagne toast for the 2 of us but also served exceptional food! Very quaint,...More

1  Thank stephanie802017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a very mediocre dinner at another Carmel restaurant (not Il Fornaio - that place is great), we stopped here for a glass of wine. The service was great, and the owner or manager even came over to chat with us and introduce himself. We...More

1  Thank BlueKitsy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everything was just wonderful. We look forward to coming back and we are neighbors so we know it's a very special place strongly recommended this place and see you there.

Thank Nelson O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely restaurant and wonderful experience from the beginning to the end. The greeting by the owner is so warm and welcoming and he will make you feel welcomed immediately. Great menu with just the right amount of choices ( = not too many and just...More

Thank Sandra V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice for lunch. We had a local fish called Dab. Good service. Kitchen was a little weird when I got a glimpse and they quickly shut the Curtin... but oh well it was good food.

Thank Jennifer L
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Questions & Answers
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
Linda J
23 April 2016|
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Response from Wendy W | Reviewed this property |
Hi! There are two "patios". One in the front of the building that is truly "outside" and a second one that has been enclosed in the back of the restaurant. By the way... they can provide blankets! Both are "dog friendly... More
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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, Seating, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
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
  • 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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