PortaBella Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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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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TW
Austin
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Not as good as it once was. Food good, but not outstanding. Service very slow - had to ask someone who was pouring water to find our waiter so we could order wine to go with dinner.

GJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding food and service.

Can’t wait to return.

JM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. Maitr’de recognized a noise problem developing as we were seated next to a pre wedding group of 18 and he moved us to a much quieter cozier part of the restaurant. Greatly appreciated and resulted in a terrific evening. Well done!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in we felt welcome and comfortable. The staff was incredibly friendly and always ready to accommodate to our needs. We enjoyed great conversation with the manager and our waiter. The food was exceptional and we left with no complaints and good memories of an incredible dining experience.

SG
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great spot in a town with lots of great places to eat. We stopped by for lunch and were thrilled to find out that the owners are the same as for Dametra Cafe just up the street; another place we love. These guys understand customer experience! We wanted to sit outside but the sun was beating down on the only available table. Not a problem for them, they quickly rearranged the table and the umbrellas to give us complete shade. Drinks were very good and reasonably priced. We shared a wonderful carpaccio. For entrees we had a variety of sandwiches, burgers, and pastas. Everyone loved what they ordered. We were too full for dessert, but they brought us a plate of baklava to share. The main dining room is very nice and there is a back "patio" that is indoors but has a nice outdoor feel to it. Can't wait to go back!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t recommend this restaurant highly enough. My wife and I came here last night celebrating our honeymoon and our experience was a very memorable one. When we arrived and the manager and host learned we were on our honeymoon he offered us our choice of seating options anywhere in the restaurant. He followed that up by returning shortly after seating us with a glass of champagne on the house. Our waiter Ismail was warm and engaging and after taking our order told us that he would play us a song. He came back a few minutes later with guitar in hand and sang a beautiful rendition of Como Vai Voce that earned a rousing round of applause from the entire restaurant. The food was no less impressive than the service and I can’t imagine a Breyer overall experience from end to end. Thank you!!

F
London
18 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall a good restaurant - pleased we choose for my wife’s birthday meal. Mentioned we were celebrating in my e-booking - then greeted by maitre d, who showed us to our seats and promptly asked us what we celebrating.

Food was top notch - my wife’s seafood lasagne was varied and lots of sea food. My Osso Bucco was very tender - delicious.

Only slight let down was the Tira - Misu, which was ok but my wife does a much better one. This apart we enjoyed the meal

Would definitely return for celebration meal!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has stellar service. Every single person there is friendly and helpful, and the food is terrific. We make sure to visit Portabella every time we’re in town because the food and service is so consistent! ☺️

RL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had anything but a wonderful experience here. It’s one of my favorites. The bread with pesto is always amazing as are any of the fresh fish dishes. My friends raved over the seafood ravioli appetizer. Service is always impeccable. The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the strolling mariachi band. They were too loud and made conversation with my friends difficult. After they moved away from us, the dinner was perfect!

RW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Since both of us were very ill for most of the night after eating at this restaurant, we could never recommend it to anyone. The staff was friendly and certainly tried hard but can a restaurant ever overcome bad food!?!

KB
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Too loud (as opposed to energetic) to carry on a conversation. That’s the only drawback. Love the atmosphere.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Owner engaged us in conversation and brought us a complimentary bite of desert when we told him we were too full to order one. We enjoyed a hummus appetizer, scallops with pea risotto, and smoked salmon salad. Ate outside and people watched next to a heater- perfect California evening in Carmel. We were visiting from Chicago but will be back!

GH
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town for a 3 day vacation - first time to the area and really enjoyed this restaurant. We had choice of seating and the service was excellent. From start to finish we were looked after with great care. Food was very good. Has Lamb Ossobuco and my wife had Short Ribs - both done to perfection and sauces were fantastic. Wine list is very good both by the glass and bottle selection and value. Would return for sure.

M
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! The wait staff was fantastic and the food was excellent.

PS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, warm restaurant.!We actually had to leave another restaurant (Casanova) for their poor service and overpriced food. We last minute booked a late evening reservation; only about 30 mins prior to close. We felt really bad about having to do this but were welcomed so warmly by the staff and owner that we felt from the moment we entered, we knew we made a great decision. The food was well priced, huge portions, and delicious. The meat was all fall off the bone. They even threw in a free dessert for us because we were too stuffed to order anything. All in all, PortaBella saved what could have been a disastrous night. Can not recommend this place more!! Great ambiance, friendly staff and great food!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable time for our babymoon. Food was excellent and service was superb.

RD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Very accommodating with my 50 lbs dog who was able to eat with us in their beautiful enclosed patio. Highly recommended.

AS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So fabulous we ate here 2 nights during our trip! Owner visits each table. Service and food are amazing! We will definitely be back to this diamond in the rough.

DA
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Overall experience was excellent.

SS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service, wonderful anniversary dinner: champagne, desert and port all on the go.
Special people, special restaurant.

GB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is lovely inside and the staff are attentive. However, our cocktails were not the best and our main course (scallops) was disappointing. The scallops were greatly uneven in size and even in pieces for one of us. The staff failed to remove a bitter part from one of the scallops. We enjoyed our appetizer and may go back for that, but too many other good restaurants to come back for dinner.

DC
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance and service!

N
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful lunch! The food and service were outstanding!

RO
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place. The owner came over to speak to us and because we said we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary he brought us a glass of bubbly each !!
Food was amazing !
Would definitely go back.

KR
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great place. The Wild Mushroom Risotto was outstanding.

TR
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. Great food. Cute atmosphere. Excellent service. Would definitely go there again!

SR
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very personable dining experience. Owner comes around and checks everything is good with your meal. Traditional Italian cuisine. Try the sand dabs

JS
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfection! SIX STARS!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

This was the second time there. The first time experience was fantastic. Food was amazing the first time. Unfortunately, we were all disappointed about the food the 2nd time on Sunday. We doubt if the chef was different that day.

L
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with wide selection of food! Friendly staff and pleasant ambiance.

AH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Out of all the places to eat in Carmel, Portabella is my favorite. The service was amazing. The food was delicious. The owner greeted us with Champagne as soon as we sat. The wait staff and kitchen were able to accommodate all requested modifications to meet our dietary restrictions, which is rare. I definitely recommend it and we will definitely be coming back.

NW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The drinks were excellent but the food was uninspired. Not bad, just lacking the wow factor. The staff was friendly but it took much too long to take our order after our drinks were delivered. I would go back again for drinks but I’m not sure I would do a full meal again.

M
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and attentive servers. My only complaint was that both doors were open letting in the cold night air.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming atmosphere, great location, lovely friendly owners who make it a point to come over and welcome you. Definitely will go back.

i
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

There is nothing special about this restaurant except the location.

P
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to PortaBella based on the reviews on TripAdvisor and it entirely lived up to it's reputation - we were early for our table and were met as if we were friends and a table found for us.
The three of us had three different entrees and all were outstanding, difficult to decide which was the best!
We shared a tart tatin which was great if a tad sweet for me.
The wine list was far too tempting and not unreasonably priced.
Great meal and will definitely come back next time we are in Carmel.

BA
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and the food was very good. Inside and outside seating, with heater. Strolling guitarist added to the ambience. Was within walking distance from our lodging. Looks really tiny from the outside, but surprisingly spacious inside.

We had Beef Short ribs and lamb tenderloins and both were almost fork tender and cooked perfectly.

CX
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been twice for a group lunch (including our dogs) and once for dinner with friends.
The service is impeccable and very kind. The food is exquisite. I've had the amazing corn and crab bisque all three times! The mussels, scallops, prawns have been fresh and delicious as well.
Dogs are welcome and treated very well, too.

CH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinners have always been superb! The friendliness of the staff keeps us coming back. We would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!

JL
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting and food was outstanding... will be back to enjoy this great spot soon

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