PortaBella Restaurant

4.6
837 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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vipDonaldH
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food is exceptional service and value could definitely improve.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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SheilaS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice place but not worth the price for the food we got

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional, will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipMelissaM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and ambiance. Loved the live music

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice while in Carmel

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was wonderful! The food was delicious and we will definitely be back!

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vipKentucky
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

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RickH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Highly recommend👍

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Highly recommend!

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MommaP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our 35th anniversary

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vipHakimReza
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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Guest
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipCharlieE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute outdoor seating. Menu was simple, but everything i ordered was good. Service was perfect.

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JASOND
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! It’s a must when in Carmel.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the sidewalk cafe atmosphere paired with amazing cuisine!

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vipAbramT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Ambiance was great, food does not live up to expectations, certainly not for the price. Found a piece of plastic in our dessert.

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vipWCReviews
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch or dinner in Carmel.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great table and the food was excellent. Highly recommended!

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Robinella
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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kayohh
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic experience. The food was amazing, service was amazing and we even got serenaded.

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KatyM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

The place was very cute but the food was very bad. We ordered 5-6 dishes and everything tasted below average. Highly disappointed

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foodsurfer
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Excellent service. Delicious sand-dabs! Will def go back.

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vipJoeK
San Francisco
160 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

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.

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Ellen
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day, great service and food!

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LindaL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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vipCathyW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good and the service was very friendly. I will definitely go back next time I visit the area.

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BrittneyS
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner, perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. Both the food and service was five stars, can't wait to dine again.

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DrewH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and superb service. delightful. we will be back.

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Malayon
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything is ok except it’s a bit dark at our table. I can’t see what I’m eating.

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LisaM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipJules
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Braised short ribs paired with a cabernet was delicious.

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Gayle
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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 4.6 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.