PortaBella Restaurant

4.5
954 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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RichardC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lamb shank and wild mushroom risotto were outstanding. The corn and crab soup was a great starter. Service was good as the restaurant was totally booked.

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JennaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Design and feel are great! location is wonderful.
We ordered drinks for 7 and one didn't arrive until we asked again.
Food arrived 40 minutes after ordering... and everyone added more salt. Also the dishes were pretty small, they were definitely not generous.
Wine was served in heavy chunky glasses, when thin light glasses were hanging above the bar in front of us.

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vipCathyVolunteer
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. The service was attentive. The food was excellent. We are regulars.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It is advertised as an Italian restaurant but it really isn’t that. There are only a couple of dishes that seem to go that direction. The rest of it is sort of ordinary California faire. We were hoping for a more ethnic experience than what we got was pretty blasé. Nice stuff and overall pretty OK. Nothing to write home about.

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SandraD
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We both had the mushroom soup and short ribs for dinner. The soup and ribs were very good. Our mashed potatoes were cold and the sautéed carrots almost raw. Wish I could give 3.5 for food. That’s also why we gave a 2 for value.
The ambience is quite nice, and we liked the guitarist. We also appreciated that we were not rushed. We enjoyed leisurely finishing our bottle of wine after dinner. We would recommend Porta Bella to friends.

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vipDebraQ
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Compared to past visits it was a let down, especially for our anniversary which was noted on our reservation but not acknowledged during our visit.
The corn in the chowder was chewy.
We had to ask for a second set of cutlery 3 times.
The molten chocolate dessert was as cold as the ice cream it was served with.
Overall, a very sad experience when we chose them over all the others in Carmel after traveling from the Sacramento area.

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Robert
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and location!
Sand dabs, salmon, pastas and seafood linguine were delicious!

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EmilyS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would hands down go back to this restaurant. Our waiter was very friendly and it was fast and enjoyable service. Not to mention the food was delicious.

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GaryS
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Service was excellent.

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vipRajashreeD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful setting. I have been here before and would definitely come back again. Loved it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lamb shanks a hit. Sand dabs excellent. Octopus and risotto better elsewhere. Hummus great as starter

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vip8managerski8
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we visit Carmel we have dinner here. They never disappoint. Always great service, great food, and great wine!

My wife loved the octopus appetizer.

Thanks again!!

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Rick
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portabella has always been one of our favorite restaurants in Carmel. Excellent menu and quality. Location is great. Outdoor dining is very pleasant and fun.

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Atl0114
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We always stop at Portabella when we are in town and have watched it evolve from a quaint and unique dining experience into a busy and delicious restaurant. Although some of the charm has faded, the food is just as remembered. It’s great to see one of our favorites succeed but selfishly wanted more attention. Thank you for a wonderful evening. We enjoyed every bite!

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LisaW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful appetizers and entrees. Waiters were very attentive and Maitre’D went table to table to make sure all was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place in Carmel-By-The-Sea. Owner is personable and makes you feel welcome. The food and service are always great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Hate to say it but food was some of the worst ever. I had a fresh green salad with baby beets and blue cheese. The salad was wet and slimy with vinaigrette and the blue cheese was one big gooey clump instead of the usual crumbles. My husband had sea scallops and after eating one he was hesitant to continue, taste was just off.
It is a cute restaurant, service was fine, but food was major disappointment, for the cost of the meal.

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tomd
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

was disappointed by this restaurant, I had the sand dabs which were overcooked and not seasoned properly. My bigger concern was the lack of covid social distancing, we chose a table away from the crowded area but later another couple were seated right next to us, chairs less than 6 inches from us. The male proceeded to cough and sneeze at other guests and seem to find this amusing. I mentioned this to the staff but I guess revenue was more important. Also the after getting the check and paying I had to ask for my credit card be returned, seeemed to go missing without explanation.

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vipExceptional
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience in a quaint Italian restaurant. Special unexpected touches make you feel appreciated. The food is excellent and well portioned. My risotto was the best I’ve ever had and my wife’s pappardelle bolognese was just what you would expect from a pasta homemade and prepared the Italian way! Magnifico!!

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vipMeganlovesfood
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PortaBella is my absolute favorite restaurant in Carmel-by-the-sea! The food is amazing and the service was great. Will return next time we are in town!

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vipAlawson
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was packed inside and outside. Food and service was excellent. Adorable place…very romantic.

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vipBesuP
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. We had a wonderful time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service

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SaraM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We made reservations and were seated quickly. Tasty meals!

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MarshallC
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent place. Wonderful ambiance. Good food, but very rich. This was not a light meal.

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vipSteveR
Sacramento
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife brought me here for the first time. It was excellent as described from the grilled prawn appetizer right down to the Pecan Cobbler ala Mode!
I HIGHLY recommend this place when on the Monterey Penninsula.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good service, food exceptional, the only complaint is that 3 of the outdoor heaters where we were seated were broken, hence rather chilly.
I’d mentioned it was my husbands b’day but nothing extra special offered.

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vipPETERF
Denver
67 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food; well-prepared and nicely presented. The service was prompt and attentive. We'll certain come back again the next time we visit Carmel.

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AshleyD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks, cozy and cute location!

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Alan
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Did not have menu item. We were first ones there for lunch and they still did
not have menu item. Server was matter of fact and didn't not care. Took
forever for him to come back and ask if I had a second choice.

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vipThadH
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was superb. A well run restaurant where they pay attention to the details.

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VladK
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

For the restaurant that is currently listed #3 in Carmel on Tripadvisor, we definitely expected better.

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JeromeL
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was bad food was bad!

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vipTroy
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Late lunch on a Saturday; 1:30 reservation. Sat outside at a two-top next to the front door, patio seating options were somewhat limited because it was pretty full. Only real issue is that it wasn’t completely level so there was some annoying table/chair wobble. It is what it is.
Ordered two of their house Manhattans, came out quick, very big and boozy. Thumbs way up. However, water and bread still hadn’t arrived, and I was parched. Had to ask again, finally showed up. Bread and herbed dip/spread was pretty tasty.
We both had a cup of the corn and crab bisque, came out piping hot and was absolutely delicious. We both also ordered the Croque Monsieur. Pretty good but the ham was like pretty average quality lunchmeat ham. I guess I expected a more premium ingredient but it wasn’t to be.
Service was very good, except for some initial slowness but it was quite busy.
Four stars across the board.

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DenysL
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super good really recommend





















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vipCathyVolunteer
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love PortaBella and come here almost every time we visit Carmel. Unfortunately yesterday was not as great as before. We ordered cocktails after we sat down. When our appetizers came, we reminded the waiter our cocktails were not here. We finished our appetizers… asked the waiter a second time re our drinks, then the cocktails arrived. I noticed other tables who came after us already got their drinks. Maybe the bartender forgot the first time, but to have to ask the waiter a second time is not right. Our waiter was not wearing his mask… we now know vaccinated people can also spread the virus.

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RamS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

It seems overhyped or they were having a bad day. The service was good as they accommodated most of our requests. However I see that their furniture is dated (torn seats), food is average and so are we really paying a carmel tax.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food.
Dog friendly.
Great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. The food and service are consistently great. Love coming here when we are in Carmel.

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vipMicheleM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My absolute favorite restaurant in Carmel! A delightful place to have lunch.

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 4.5 stars by 954 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.