PortaBella is picturesque: awarded First Prize for Beautiful Flowerscaping from the Carmel Garden Club.
The ambience is stylish and romantic, the setting historic
Portabella Cream of Mushroom Soup
drizzled with truffle oil and chives
Roasted Corn and Crab Bisque
Brioche croutons and chives
Oven Braised Short Ribs
eight hours slow-cooked short ribs in a Merlot wine reduction, Mixed local mushrooms, Yukon mashed potato and seasonal vegetables
Dinner was delicious!! So happy with our decision to dine here. Beautiful restaurant and we can’t wait to come back. Staff and service were amazing and really friendly
The food is exceptional service and value could definitely improve.
Food was ok. Thought is was expensive for the quality. Bisque was good, short rib glaze/sauce tasted/looked like it came from a can. Slightly gelatinous, not appealing.
Nice place but not worth the price for the food we got
Service was exceptional, will definitely be back!
We had a great experience ! The food was wonderful and the staff was always on point! This restaurant also has sister property next door they have a seafood location and a Mediterranean on the corner , all location were lively a sign of great food. Bashar, the owner stopped by to check on our table to make sure everything was good! We will be back for sure!
The croque monsieur for brunch and was dry with the bread tough and burned. We asked for a side of the Béchamel sauce to try to moisten it up. The waiter went to the kitchen and came back to say it had no sauce in it. Was only melted cheese and ham. Well- then that’s a ham and cheese sandwich but not a croque monsieur. Béchamel is a key part of the dish. Very over priced for a mediocre brunch item. Cocktails were good and it was dog friendly. We are locals, not tourists, and were very disappointed
Great service, food and ambiance. Loved the live music
Excellent choice while in Carmel
Service was wonderful! The food was delicious and we will definitely be back!
PortaBella tried hard but falls just short of being a real contender in Carmel. Service is well intentioned but during our dinner marked by long periods of no wait staff. Food ranges from excellent (Sand Dabs) to mediocre ( cold soup, lava cake and mussels, short ribs that looked like a stew.) In fairness, once our order was placed the food appeared in record time. Also a very nice bottle of Zin blend (Saldo) was fairly priced.
If your goal is a pleasant meal on Ocean Avenue in good weather try the place. If you want something really special, look elsewhere.
Bashar and his team perfected the art of hospitality. Bashar visited every table to ensure everything was acceptable.
It’s no wonder he owns 5 restaurants, including 3 in Carmel.
Other name brand restaurants in the area should take a crash course on service.
Amazing food and service! Highly recommend!
Celebrating our 35th anniversary
PortaBella is indeed a haven for dog owners. The menu is a proven success and the wine and drinks menus are appropriate. PortaBella has weathered the pandemic and continues to offer consistent hospitality and value.
We ate in the patio in the back of the restaurant and it was very nice. My husband had the sand dabs and he thought they were wonderful. I had the carbonara and it was good but not the best I have ever had. Overall it was a great evening.
Very cute outdoor seating. Menu was simple, but everything i ordered was good. Service was perfect.
Excellent! It’s a must when in Carmel.
We love the sidewalk cafe atmosphere paired with amazing cuisine!
Ambiance was great, food does not live up to expectations, certainly not for the price. Found a piece of plastic in our dessert.
Great place for lunch or dinner in Carmel.
We had a great table and the food was excellent. Highly recommended!
Given Covid, all dining was outside. Very pretty set up on n front of the restaurant with heating lamps and nice lighting. But we lucked out and were sat in a cute courtyard behind the restaurant with just 4 tables and sheltered from the wind & traffic. Food was delicious and a reasonable wine list.
Absolutely fantastic experience. The food was amazing, service was amazing and we even got serenaded.
Always a pleasure to dine at here. The food was delicious, started with a nice selection of cheese, then Scallops with green pea risotto- cooked to perfection. Nice wines by the glass & good selection of dessert wines. They happily accommodate our dog so you don’t feel crowded or inconsiderate to other patrons. Ambiance was enhanced with tasteful background music & a walk-thru guitarist for a couple of songs.
The place was very cute but the food was very bad. We ordered 5-6 dishes and everything tasted below average. Highly disappointed
Lovely atmosphere. Excellent service. Delicious sand-dabs! Will def go back.
Appetizers were the best element of our dinner. Main entrees were fine, but due to outdoor dining on an extremely cold windy night, it was difficult to enjoy them. The heating available was not the best, compared to other eating spots in the area we noted on our way back to the car. If that stipulation is still in place when next we visit, we would choose another option. Service was quite good and the ambiance was nice.
I have never written a review before - but our experience this week was so amazing that I just had to share! We had amazing service for our outdoor dining evening. The ambience was perfect and their was even a strolling musician that visited our table! The food was delicious! We highly recommend the carbonara and the seafood linguine with lobster sauce! The laVa cake was perfect and at the end of the meal - we were treated to two glasses of dessert wine! We are telling all our friends about this restaurant and we will definitely be back! Thank you for such a lovely experience and such delicious food!
Valentine’s Day! We can’t say enough of PortaBella! From beginning to end, from the top notch food to the service and music, we felt like we were in a dream, having dinner in Europe. Come here.. you won’t be disappointed! We will return!
Valentine’s Day, great service and food!
We ordered the mushroom soup to start, delicious! For dinner we had the braised short ribs and lamb tenderloin. OFF THE CHART great. My husband switched out his mashed potatoes for the mushroom risotto! It comes as a entree too and that was soooo good!! Highly recommend this place if you are ever in Carmel!
Food was good and the service was very friendly. I will definitely go back next time I visit the area.
Amazing dinner, perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. Both the food and service was five stars, can't wait to dine again.
Lovely meal and superb service. delightful. we will be back.
Everything is ok except it’s a bit dark at our table. I can’t see what I’m eating.
We had a wonderful lunch on the back "porch" shortly after the COVID dining restrictions were lifted. The food was great, staff was so friendly and attentive and the hum of fellow happy diners was great.
Braised short ribs paired with a cabernet was delicious.
The out door dining was great considering the COVID environment. After eating out for the previous 3 nights, it was one of our best dinners.
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 837 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.