PortaBella is picturesque: awarded First Prize for Beautiful Flowerscaping from the Carmel Garden Club.
The ambience is stylish and romantic, the setting historic
Need to book at 9:30 AM?Other great restaurants with availability.
Incredible meal, service, ambiance!!
Our dinners were excellent and the waiter was attentive. We enjoyed the live music that added a romantic touch to our evening. The only thing that was disappointing was the limited and unimpressive wine by the glass offerings. Its California....please add a few more options. We would be happy to pay more for better wine.
We had the most pleasant evening. Amazing staff helped us frequently and without hesitation, the food was delicious! The ambience was lovely and romantic for us. We will definitely be returning again
The food was delicious, and the service was as one would expect in Carmel. It was an enjoyable and relaxing evening.
Everything we ordered was delicious and the attention from our waiter, host, and busboys was excellent. The smoked salmon on the salad was outstanding We really enjoyed the whole experience.
Always a great experience, especially having an indoor garden room that welcomes dogs. We never skip the crab and corn bisque! A very good wine list and some creative cocktails too.
Service was so nice and accommodating, especially as we had our baby with us. Food was amazing too. Ambiance is quaint and cozy. We were having such a good time, stayed for 3 hours! Will definitely be returning when back in the area.
Portabella was a treat! We loved the service, the strolling musicians, the quality of the food and the ambiance. Our server attended to our every wish. The cheese tray, the linguine, the soups and even the bread were divinely constructed and delicious. We will definitely go back!
I love the ambience and decor of this place. We’re from the east coast - the first time I was here was about 5 years ago and being back in Carmel I just had to eat here again. My risotto was really good. My friend had the carbonara which was also really good. The strolling guitar player was a really nice touch.
Our favorite restaurant in Carmel. The Wild Mushroom Risotto is outstanding!
Came here while on our trip to Carmel for my wife’s birthday. Thee most wonderful dinner we have ever had! From start to finish it was absolute perfection! First of all the restaurant is beyond adorable and excellent ambiance, the entire staff was absolutely wonderful.
We started with the corn and crab bisque and lobster ravioli. Hands down best soup either of us had ever eaten. We live about 7 hours away and said we would happily drive back simply for the soup. Lol
The ravioli was also excellent, the sauce made the dish over the top. For entrees, I had the sand dabs and the birthday girl had the carbonara pasta. Both dishes were 👌🏻👌🏻. She absolutely LOVES nutmeg and it was all up in this carbonara which was thoroughly enjoyed. My dish was also top notch, sand dabs cooks to perfection and the potatoes and seasonal veggies were delicious also.
At the end of our meal we were serenaded with a Spanish guitarist and then my wife was surprised with birthday baklava and the guitarist singing to her.
I am pretty sure every employee either checked in on us or sang happy birthday and on the way out everyone went out of their way to wish us a wonderful evening.
Everything was beyond excellent and we cannot wait to return! Best place in the best city ☺️
This restaurant was excellent and I'm so happy to have discovered it. The service here was attentive and superb. We loved the musician who sang happy birthday to me. The drinks and food were delicious. The staff made us feel very welcomed and special throughout the meal. I loved the vibe. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.
The singer Ismael incredible! Love his music and service
Date night with another couple for Culinary Week. Great value!!!
Hostess was lovely. Wait staff great. Food delicious.
This restaurant was ok. I thought that it would be more Italian cuisine. The menu didn’t have as much choices as I expected. The portions were small and it was overly priced. The food was good but not for the price. $36 for 5 pieces of lamb tenderloin and some veggies along side, sorry that is not good.
Great night out and very good food, the service was world class.
Excellent experience. Highly recommended. Great, caring service.
We absolutely loved this restaurant! The ambiance was perfect; warm and intimate. It never felt like a crowded restaurant (and I think just about every table was filled) but more like being a guest in someone's home. The service was outstanding, and the food was sensational. We started off with the carpaccio which was excellent. My husband had the osso buco and the lamb was so soft and delicious it practically was melting off the bone. I had the scallops and asparagus, which was also superb. We finished up w/the bread pudding: one order to share but we couldn't even finish it, which wasn't for lack of trying. The owner (who also owns 2 other restaurants a block away: Mediterranean and Dimitra's) made a point of coming over and introducing himself. He's also a musician, and we want to return and hear him play at Dimitra's!). This is now our new favorite restaurant in Carmel and we can't wait to go again.
Great food and service. Wine list a little limited but good. Tourists leaving front door open letting in cold draft only complaint.
Again the food was excellent.
Best in Carmel! Great food, cozy atmosphere. Amazing service!
The food here is truly amazing. I was wowed by the complex and delicious flavors of my chard and salmon dish. Masterful cooking, I’ll be coming back!
Brought friends visiting from Austria and s3ll staff were welcoming wonderfully attentive, as always!!
1st time diners who will certainly return. Our entire experience was great. No wait time with reservation, food was excellent, staff was gracious and helpful.
This is a very Carmel restaurant and overall is a great please.
We were there for New Year’s eve. Absolutely beautiful experience and could not have had better service!
Average food. Average restaurant
We loved our table looking out to the front patio. Great view and beautiful room. The food was excellent. We both ordered short ribs and shared the apple desert. Service was great, food was superb and we made reservations for a return visit.
I visited PortaBella this past September while on a business trip. I was going to be in the area again for the holidays and decided to return. We celebrated with our daughter and her fiancé the end of the year. Food is excellent and the service is impeccable. The crab soup is delicious. We had the fish, the lobster ravioli, the Pappardelle and everything was incredible. Will definitely return
My favorite Carmel restaurant! Alwayd a greeting from Richard, superb and so many delicious items. The cream of mushroom soup is OMG heavenly!
Had to ask for water four times and bread twice - which we didn’t recieve. Also, plates cleared and 10 minutes passed without being shown a dessert menu - had to ask host for the check.
The service and food was amazing! Our waiter, Sami, was great and the maitre d', Loie, went above and beyond making sure we were well taken care of! I would highly recommend! The service and food is exceptional!!! We would absolutely return! :)
Our 20-year Christmas Eve dinner tradition. Always superb. The lamb ossobuco this year was wonderful
and the service & ambiance was excellent and very festive.
Always our go-to restaurant when visiting Carmel. Looking forward to 2020!
We love eating t Portabella. The food, service and ambiance are always excellent. Love the crab bisque and mushroom soup.
Super welcoming and accommodating staff
Lovely place, great food, excellent service. A warm and friendly neighborhood place to dine. Our servers went out of their way to accommodate the special diet requirements in our party. Very gracious! Highly recommend!
They brought complimentary champagne for us to celebrate my wife’s birthday & all the staff were friendly, courteous & welcoming. The food was superb. The whole evening left a good taste that lingered into the evening.
Stopped by for a quick lunch during a road trip.
Dog friendly. Staff was so welcoming to our dog.
Food was good.
Service was great.
This is one of the very best restaurants in Carmel. From the food to the staff everything is SUPERB!
Always a pleasure to eat here. We come up from Newport about 3 to 4 times a year and always reserve a table. Never disappointed. Excellent food and service.