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Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
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Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
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

What a fantastic end to our day in Carmel. We were wine tasting at Scheid Vineyards and asked for a recommendation for a cheese tray. Chris recommended Portabella. So glad he did! What a beautiful place. Service was excellent from the time we walked in,...More

1  Thank SeattleD_7
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came across this place after doing the 17mile drive and we are so pleased we did. This turned out to be the tastiest meal of the holiday. I had the fish special which was amazing and my husband had the beef, which melted in...More

1  Thank KHPL
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is my favorite restaurant in Carmel. It has the most beautiful front and back patio. I like to take my dog when I go. The food is spectacular. The croque Monsieur to the short rib to the cheese plate. Finally the service is wonderful....More

1  Thank thomas b
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We originally planned to eat at Demetra cafe but they were fully booked. They sent us to their "sister s" restaurant " méditerranéen restaurant" saying it is the same owner and sane menu. Once there, they had a 20 min wait. We asked if they...More

1  Thank thedelph
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent service. Complimentary bread with a wonderful pesto cream sauce to start. The blue cheese burger and fries were excellent, as was the beet salad. For dessert a complimentary tasting of the baklava! We were visiting with our Frenchie. They brought her a water bowl...More

1  Thank Mark F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice staff. Great ambiance. Soup was very good. Caesar salad nothing special. Lots of chopped up lettuce but not great. Carbonara and mushroom risotto both average. Meal started out great but the nice atmosphere didn't make up for just OK food. Expected more.

Thank Automan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is right on Ocean Ave, in the key part of town. The setting inside and outside on the front and rear decks are terrific. The management and wait staff care about customers and are quite competent. The food is well prepared, and nice portions....More

1  Thank rthau
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were treated so well at Porta Bella last night. My daughter has a nut allergy and they went out of their way to make sure she was well cared for. The owner checked in on us a few times and even sent us complimentary...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A nice day out in Carmel-By-The-Sea invites you to enter one of the many charming restaurants. This one surely needs to be mentioned. They have a little terrace in front and inside, the fireplace is an eyecatcher. Prices are reasonable, service professional and the menu...More

1  Thank G V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice ambience with very friendly waiter. Overall happy with the service. The bread was excellent. The mussels were very good. My wife had the mushroom soup and enjoyed it very much. Our main course however of mushroom risotto fell way short. We were very disappointed...More

1  Thank deepchi
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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, 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
  • 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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