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Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
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Open Now
11:30 - 21:30All hours
Mediterranean, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
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Reviews (137)
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A warm welcome from the very friendly staff and owner. There was no room for disappointment between the live and unexpected music, the fresh pesto sauce served with bread and the scrumptious dishes following it. We had the short ribs and the spinach salmon. For...More

Thank Sarah A
Reviewed 4 days ago

We spent a morning in Carmel and looked for a luncheon place. This restaurant is on the main Ocean Avenue. The setting looked appealing as well as the menu. The three of us were not disappointed. Service was nice, and the luncheon selection, all appetizers...More

Thank Flemming V
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wonderful evening at an exceptional restaurant. I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the genuinely warm and friendly welcome. Great menu, fantastic service and wonderful flavours. The best dining experience we have had for some time. Highly recommended

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate outside and had a lovely lunch. The food was delicious and the portions plentiful. The staff were friendly and the service good.

Thank hugobear2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone has a favorite Italian Restaurant in their own town as do we - but this is the place I want to go back to in Carmel. We were greeted and cared for so warmly, that we we'd probably go back based on that alone....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in for a little lunch and libation during a girls' shopping jaunt. The food is all very good...we sampled many salads and sandwiches...but it was just lunch. What really made the meal was the impeccable service. The wait staff is very attentive without being...More

Thank supes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pets are welcome at this fun restaurant in downtown Carmel. The waiters are great and all in all a very nice experience. Food is pretty good too!

Thank ColeyCalifornia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The environment is super relaxing and the service is extremist high ! The wine we ordered was amazing ! Moscato white wine king of sweet ... one of the best Definitely recommend this place!

Thank Catherine R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really recommend this restaurant but it is must to eat in a sunny day by one of the tables outside :)

Thank Can C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right from the start, the entire wait staff was fantastic. Very attentive. The food was so good! We were given a big, warm piece of sourdough with a wonderful pesto to dip it in. My entree of short ribs were amazing. Tender and moist, with...More

Thank italianwoman2017
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Hi...are there heaters outside, and what is usual dress,?please be more specific than casual or formal. Thank you
2 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
Is there outside seating with a heater? Is there inside seating with a view? Do you have a full bar with Canadian Club whiskey?
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
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
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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, 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.
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