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Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-4395
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
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Italian, French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Ocean Ave, Between Lincoln and Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I gave 4 because the staff were so nice and there is a nice atmosphere. But: We had burgers one medium / one medium rare. I think the chef took his eye off the grill as out steaks were burnt on the outside. They were...More

1  Thank Simon V
Reviewed 2 days ago

A charming restaurant, with outside eating as well. Atmosphere was nice. Service was excellent, but a bit over priced; but you are in Carmel, CA. Ordered the Shrimp Salad and the Tuscan Pasta. The Shrimp Salad was good, with a very nice vinaigrette dressing, although...More

Thank Roswell504
Reviewed 5 days ago

Absolute love this place. When was the last time you went to a restaurant and the owner remembers your name from your previous visit? Well, it happened to us! Super friendly and attentive staff, food is delicious, beautiful place in the heart of Carmel. The...More

1  Thank Adriana E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful atmosphere with great food and wine served by attentive friendly staff. Was a lunch get together with another couple that we haven't seen for many years and we were not rushed to get lunch and to move on. Nice!

1  Thank CJ4UNME
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wandering about the primary streets in Carmel is somewhat like wandering the crowded paths in Disneyland except that interspersing the souvie and T shirt shops (shoppes?) are bars and restaurants. Wishing to show a friend the town, she having heard much about it due to...More

Thank travel035
Reviewed 1 week ago

a nice dinner made more enjoyable by very friendly service and live music serenade of two parties celebrating birthdays. food was fine - not spectacular, but good.

1  Thank ZGSkiGal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Potabella a few years ago and had enjoyed it very much, so we made reservations to return. First we were greeted by one of the owners, Faisal who had provided such a lively dining experience at one of his other restaurants a few...More

1  Thank Susan1009998
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food, location and atmosphere. The lamb was fantastic. The management staff was very appreciative of each guest.

1  Thank sheila D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A charming...excellent Italian restaurant in the heart of Carmel...great patio...wonderful food and charming ambiance...great people watching as people stroll down Ocean Ave.

1  Thank Thomas T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are new owners and everything has changed. We would go every time we were in Carmel. Our last visit was terrible. The same dish we usually order was poorly prepared with lots of oil....Sand dabs. The vegetables were undercooked (carrots) and overcooked (asparagus). The...More

Thank Joyce P
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Response from Michael B | Reviewed this property |
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
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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
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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