PortaBella Restaurant

4.5
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707 Reviews
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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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OT
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal, service, ambiance!!

BY
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and the service was as one would expect in Carmel. It was an enjoyable and relaxing evening.

R
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

DB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MM
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

J
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

KR
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Carmel. The Wild Mushroom Risotto is outstanding!

CG
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 ☺️

S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The singer Ismael incredible! Love his music and service

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Date night with another couple for Culinary Week. Great value!!!

n
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess was lovely. Wait staff great. Food delicious.

MQ
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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.

DS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great night out and very good food, the service was world class.

PC
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Highly recommended. Great, caring service.

MJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

W
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in Carmel! Great food, cozy atmosphere. Amazing service!

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

OT
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought friends visiting from Austria and s3ll staff were welcoming wonderfully attentive, as always!!

BA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JS
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a very Carmel restaurant and overall is a great please.

VT
Sacramento
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for New Year’s eve. Absolutely beautiful experience and could not have had better service!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Average food. Average restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

P
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience5

My favorite Carmel restaurant! Alwayd a greeting from Richard, superb and so many delicious items. The cream of mushroom soup is OMG heavenly!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

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.

SG
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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! :)

C
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

SJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love eating t Portabella. The food, service and ambiance are always excellent. Love the crab bisque and mushroom soup.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super welcoming and accommodating staff

G
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

b
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

C
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

L
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the very best restaurants in Carmel. From the food to the staff everything is SUPERB!

BM
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.