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PortaBella Restaurant, Carmel, CA

PortaBella Restaurant

4.6
4.6
1540 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Our cuisine features beautiful specialties from France, Italy and Spain. The dishes are rich in color and flavor.
PortaBella is picturesque: awarded First Prize for Beautiful Flowerscaping from the Carmel Garden Club.

The ambience is stylish and romantic, the setting historic

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, European
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 624-4395
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

What 1,540 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Hot spot

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Romantic

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Most Booked

1,540 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food. Nice place to relax and enjoy dinner.

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  2. Glenn

    Palm Springs

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very disappointing. Have been dining at Portabella for several years. The last two visits have been extremely disappointing. The Hostess gave off the vibe that it was a pain being there and it showed when greeting guests. The food was several levels below what we had come to love about Portabella to begin. There is so much great dining in Carmel so we are taking a break from Portabella for awhile.

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  3. JDfoodie

    Central Coast

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Staff is amazing, friendly & helpful. The food however lacked the same quality.

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  4. Michelle

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants in Carmel! We love that it’s dog friendly (we always bring our corgi pup with us) and the food is always incredible. We’ve been going here every year for the past 7 years (since we’ve been married). We’ve celebrate birthdays and anniversaries here over the years. It’s now a tradition of ours to take a photo in front of the fireplace. We always recommend Portabella to friends visiting Carmel.

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  5. Charles111

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Caesar salad was excellent. The seafood linguine was very good. Try the Chianti Riserva.

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  6. BridgettR

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was pretty bad honestly - bland, plain and low quality. My carbonara was not anything close to that, more like Olive Garden alfredo sauce. My mom got the salmon and they overcooked it, super dry and didn't even taste seasoned. Waiter said that it might be dry because there's no sauce??? As if salmon, a fatty fish, has to have cream sauce to taste good... but when she said it was overcooked he insisted that he have the chef fix it and it came back raw. The waiter did try to make it right and also took it off our bill which is nice - service/ambiance were nice but the food could use improvement.

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  7. Steven

    Sacramento

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a great restaurant with awesome food and very good service.

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  8. FevziK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had Mother's Day lunch here with my wife and daughters. We had an OpenTable reservation and got a table right away. Food was great (my favorite risotto was on the menu) and my wife who is vegan also had great options and she enjoyed her lunch which meant mission accomplished! Service was great and all around us there were people with their mothers having lunch. We liked the place so much it may become our new favorite (the old favorite had a fixed menu for mother's day that did not work any of us, especially my wife). We will be back for a dinner next time.

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  9. SkipE

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Warm and attentive staff. Food was excellent and served warm and in a timely manner. Tried the Italian Margarita for the first time ,,, terrific cocktail. Carmel nights are often cool, and in order to serve those dining in the outside patio, the restaurant door was left open. A blanket was provided to keep us warm from the draft during dinner.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We didn’t care for this restaurant, because there was an overwhelming taste of mint and almost every dish. The prawn appetizer had mint in it, and it wasn’t very good. Then we ordered a salad, and there was mint in the salad. My daughter had bay short ribs, that were just OK. And I had the garlic chicken, which was a bit dry. Overall, the experience was very disappointing.

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  11. Mary

    Cleveland

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was okay but service was non existent!! Sat outside. We never saw our server after we placed our order and he received an automatic 20% tip for four people for nothing!!

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  12. CharlesT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best dishes were the octopus appetizer and the bread pudding dessert.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The reviews are right on. We chose Porto Bella because of them and we weren’t disappointed. Highly recommend.

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  14. JoyceV

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best meal at port Bella! for lunch We ordered the mushroom soup, a vegetarian croque monsieur , The Salmon and the beet salad, Everything delicious. Our Waiter VERY attentive and professional. I would go back again!

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  15. JacquelineW

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food was very good. Very accommodating to our two gluten free guests.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time! We made a last-minute reservation, and they were able to seat us. The food was excellent; we had burgers and a cup of soup, both delicious. I had a chocolate cake dessert with ice cream, which was amazing. It's one of our favorite places to eat. I love the restaurant decor.

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  17. KevinH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Place, great food, great service. One of the best in Carmel.

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  18. MarianneD

    Chicago

    169 reviews

    4.0

    169 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    PortaBella is in a charming building right out of a fairytale. We visited this restaurant for dinner in Carmel. The restaurant seems small from the outside, but there's plenty of room inside, as well as outdoor patio. Once seated, we were greeted by German, our server who provided attentive service throughout the night. We started out with cocktails, a French 75 for me, and a bourbon old-fashioned for my husband. We shared the beef carpaccio appetizer, which was a small portion of thinly sliced beef tenderloin tapped with arugula and shaved parmesan cheese. I was surprised at the size as usually carpaccio is a little more substantial. I had the beet salad with mixed greens, red & gold beets and blue cheese. My husband had sandabs for his entrée. These little flat mild fish tasted so good and were served piccata style. For my entrée, I actually chose the lobster ravioli appetizer with three raviolis. This dish was amazing. The sauce was very decadent and tasty. It was rich, though, and the chef definitely could put less on as the ravioli were taking a little swim. We loved the strolling guitarist who came by our table, the atmosphere of the restaurant and the good food . I would definitely recommend this Italian restaurant and consider making reservations because Carmel is a busy place and this restaurant is popular.

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  19. alanr

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Italian restaurant. Very pleasant atmosphere and service. Amazing food choices. My wife had a great pasta dish and I had Lamb osso buco which was amazing.

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  20. PBvisitor

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good but service was not very attentive.

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  21. vegan

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was not friendly and acted Like he didnt want to serve us, very disappointing

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  22. Gaga

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food: The food is excellent here, just be careful don't order every dishes that are creamy.. otherwise you might need to drink a lot of water later Service: We found out we left our phone power bank in the restaurant. When we went back and asked for help, the front counter staff not allow us to go in and check our seats, also shows not willingness to help. He only gave us a business card and tell us to call them before the restaurant close, but they never pick it up after that...so it just rained everything we had with the food experience...

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  23. SusanC

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Pleasant atmosphere! Serenade by guitarist. Bread and dip was delicious. Food was good ,and overall, a wonderful experience.

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  24. FERNANDAM

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a wonderful experience! Good food, good ambiance Great place to drink wine with friends

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat outside in the patio area with our dog. The host was friendly, food was delicious, and the price was excellent for the weekend lunch.

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  26. RondaR

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was with a party of 4 and we all made a point to get different starters and main dishes. We could not have one complaint even if we tried. The restaurant was quaint, the service was on point and the food was so good.

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  27. WayneJ

    Central Coast

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a reservation for lunch and were seated immediately. The hostess gave us the dinner menu, but we figured maybe for that day the menus were the same. We ordered a couple salads and some hummus. Salads arrived promptly but the hummus took quite a while and came out after we were at least halfway through the salad. We did hear people ordering things like hamburgers, so there was a lunch menu (not that we wanted a hamburger). We would go back.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance is the key factor to this place. Unbelievable. The food was so good and reasonably priced as well!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The roving guitar player added too much noise to the dining room for people trying to carry on conversation. Everyone had to raise their voice to speak above the music and so all of the tables around us did the same to hear their conversations. It’s just too cramped of a space for the noise level with music. Just my opinion. Our server was wonderful!!

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  30. lt21

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Host was very kind and the Roasted Corn and Crab Bisque was outstanding.

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  31. Swifty

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappoints. Excellent food, excellent service, quaint setting in the heart of Carmel. It's our special occasion go-to.

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  32. Jimco

    Richmond

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal and presentation. The only issue was the extended length of time to receive our entrees! But — it was well worth the wait!❤️

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  33. JoseG

    Houston

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ossobuco was dry and gamy. The chicken was dry. Mussels were bland in flavor. Mashed potatoes were great as well as the service. Would not recommend nor go back

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  34. Disappointed

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dinner spot downtown Carmel. We always enjoy eating there! Cute cozy excellent service and delicious meal! The sand dabs are outstanding. Very personal attention as well.

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  35. KateM

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, friendly staff who accommodated us despite all our high maintenance needs ;-) With 2 dogs and one gluten free diner, they did everything to accommodate our wishes and delivered great service and deliciously made appetizers and entrees all matched with a decent and reasonable wine list. I think this is a sleeper hit in a town with a lot of great restaurants to choose from.

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  36. HelenK

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is our second time, the first was better in food taste and service. The scallop entree is the best, so so delicious.

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  37. Dinner

    Sacramento

    437 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    437 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great food, and wonderful service. The decor and ambiance of the restaurant is really nice too. Had a great lunch, highly recommend.

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  38. RozC

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I had the risotto which was excellent, my husband had artichoke pasta which was ok. We dined inside the restaurant but they had the doors and windows open and it was cold! Service was good and staff friendly.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice restaurant but service is slow. Seemed like the kitchen got stuck because nobody had food in the entire restaurant for at least 30 mins.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, excellent service. Highly recommend

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FAQs

PortaBella Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. PortaBella Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 624-4395.

PortaBella Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1540 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for PortaBella Restaurant

Ocean Ave and Monte Verde, Carmel, CA 93921

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Carmel
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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