PortaBella is picturesque: awarded First Prize for Beautiful Flowerscaping from the Carmel Garden Club.
The ambience is stylish and romantic, the setting historic
I was very disappointed in the food based on the reviews I had read and the ratings of the restaurant. We were both disappointed in our entrees.
This place has become my favorite! If you like feeling as though you are the most important guest this is the place for you. I seriously feel like a family member every time I go! The staff lifts my spirit. It’s like coming home. Besides the warm welcome that lasts throughout the meal, the food is delicious! There is a great menu that each of your guests will be sure to find something they would love to eat! I have been there for both lunch and dinner. The service was the same as well as the food quality and taste of my meals have been top-notch! Visitors and locals both will enjoy the experience at PortaBella!
Always great food and attentive service. Has become my favorite pre-concert.spot for dinner in Carmel. Highly recommend the mushroom soup...I could live on it!
The food was superb and the service was first class. All the staff made us feel like we were the most special customers in the restaurant.
Fantastic service! Attentive servers & managers. Celebratory birthday serenade! Amazing food and beverage selection.
Food was delicious and staff very welcoming. Friendly local place.
Food was fabulous! Nice ambiance and very pet friendly!
Wonderful family run restaurant. Excellent food and very friendly and accommodating staff.
I took my 83 year old mother for lunch and it couldn’t have been a better experience. Both my mother and I live locally, so we try to experience lots of different restaurants. We do have our favorites but this experience added another to our list! The waiter waited on us just the right amount! The restaurant was slow because of no special event in the town, remember we count on tourists, and we went on a Monday. Sometimes when there are only 5 or so tables seated at a restaurant they pay either too much attention to you or not enough! He was perfect, my mother who likes to rate our experiences even mentioned his attention was just the right amount. The food was delicious and generous. We both took some home. Well I let her take my portion home. They have blankets for outside seating. (It was a rainy day, so no one sat outside but the place is larger than it appears and it has lots of seating. The best part was when one of the owners came over and asked us where we were visiting from and when we said we were locals we discussed some of Carmel’s challenges with the U S Open! He said he was expecting a child in April. I will take my mom to lunch again there and bring a gift for his new baby! I was that impressed with them all!
Long time custoner but wont be back, its like a dog kennel, and gets worse every time , its dinner why does a big dog lay on the floor blocking the restroom, I almost my Dinner guest almost fell and stepped on the dogs leg, 5 dogs were in the restaurant what happenes to the Crab Bisque ? Super greasy, i was sick after dinner and the Friita de Mare had very little seafood , it was like you ran short or something ?? Tiny Tiny Creme Brule.
From the minute we were walked in we were taking care of as if we were family I had a few dietary issues and they accommodated me every single step of the way it was fantastic best food great atmosphere kind of people definitely will go back
The ambiance and the soups are the extreme highlight. Very quaint and romantic.
We had great service with the very friendly staff. Our waitress made some great recommendations and our hostess came by frequently to ensure we were have a good experience.
We recently visited Portabella for lunch with family. The ambiance was perfect from the moment we showed up. Service was excellent and attentive. The food is very tasty, nice presentation and fairly priced. The restaurant is tastefully decorated and you feel like you have been transported to France or Italy. We look forward to another opportunity to return. Keep up the good work.
Great! Wonderful lunch- thought I was in France!
We were there for a girls outing. It was awesome. We will be back!
This restaurant is absolutely amazing! Great food. Great service. The staff and owner are friendly and welcoming. The pan seared scallops are delicious. So is the lamb tenderloin in a huckleberry sauce. Topped off by creme brulee. To die for! Highly recommended.
May be the best and most genuine service we have ever experienced...from busboy to proprietor. Crab and corn bisque delicious; sand dabs and seafood linguini main courses exceptional; large pours of fairly priced & high quality wine by the glass. Easily one of best spots in Carmel. Will go back soon.
Amazing food and service. I can't wait to go again!
Yes, if one likes very rich food. Scallops were undercooked - probably the way chefs think they should be, but too raw for my taste. The crab and corn bisque was outstanding. Would go back for that alone. The employees are extremely gracious and friendly.
Brought my ninety year old father and eighty seven year old mother to celebrate Mom's birthday. The staff were so warm and welcoming. They made Mom's day, with a glass of champagne when she was seated, and a hearty rendition of Happy Birthday with her special dessert, and hugs when we left. They really went out of their way to make it a very special occasion. Everyone we interacted with was helpful. The food was great and the portions were generous. The ambience is lovely, though it was quite chilly that day at our table near the door. Next time I would ask to sit in the back, near the very charming little bar. Highly recommend.
We love this place. The food is always reliable and the service is great. It’s not the best Italian you’ve ever had, but it’s very good and dependable. The service is always very attentive and friendly.
A charming and very friendly French style restaurant on the main street in Carmel-By-The-Sea. The staff was friendly and the service efficient. The food came quickly and was delicious. I would go back with friends.
The entire staff was very friendly and everyone introduced themselves by name. They made us fell at home and welcomed. The food and service was great. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone.
Six sisters celebrated the birthday of one. Restaurant staff was welcoming. Food was wonderful. The room was beautiful! We had an amazing crlebration! Thank you.
Lovely place, a true gem with a caring staff and delicious food.
Very charming atmosphere, great food and even better service. Everyone on the staff seemed genuinely happy to have us as their guests. I want to go back again and again until I have tried everything on the menu!
Wonderful Valentine day experience. Service, and food were excellent. Thank you for making a memorable, romantic experience. Our favorite place to dine in Carmel!
We had our dog with us, and all of the staff were very kind to the dog, even though he wasn't perfectly behaved. The dog-friendly area is fully covered (with glass so you can see the sky and feel like you're outdoors) so it's fine on a wet day. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I recommend PortaBella even if you're not out with a dog.
We had not been to your restaurant in quite a few years. Lunch was delicious, service great and love the cozy atmosphere inside. Thanks
This is the BEST place to eat lunch or dinner in Carmel. The food is outstanding and the service is impeccable! You won't be disappointed.
We were so happy that the storms and power issues still allowed us to dine here and celebrate our anniversary!! Wonderful service and delicious food, always a great experience!
If I could give them 10 stars I would. They treated us well and made sure we were doing fine. Once the found out it was my wife’s birthday, they made her night feel special. I was impressed by the service and definitely was impressed by the food. The menu sounded the delicious and it was. Would recommend to anyone for a special occasion or even just a night out. Will return again.
On a very cold, windy night we went to PortaBella for dinner. We were told we could sit wherever we wanted, and as we were in the front room we chose to sit there. The host said it would be warmer in the room at the rear of the restaurant, but we chose to remain in the front. When our waiter came to the table he assured us we would be much more comfortable in the other room, as there was a couple dining outside and the front door would be opened and closed a lot. We were happy he moved us!
Our dinner was extremely good. My husband had sand dabs [one of his favorites] and I chose the braised short ribs. Both came with veggies and lovely mashed potatoes. Our service was attentive but not pushy and our waiter even came to the table with a guitar and sang to us!
It was a delightful, delicious dinner!
Delicious food and excellent service!
Gracious hosts. Terrific food. Lovely evening.
Great place from start to finish. The decor very inviting and friendly. Good wine and drink list.
Great service by. Veronica and her team, very quick with drinks and great recommendations.
Appetizers all good, Mussels amazing. Amazing Lamb shank and Scallops perfectly cooked
Highly recommended for sure!
We have recommended or brought a number of out of town guests. Always an excellent experience.
The owners made sure we had an amazing experience! I took my mom here for her birthday and she said the linguini she had was the best ever, and she’s been to Italy! The environment is lovely, the setting is adorable, and the food is fantastic. Service was top notch!
Seated promptly by a very personable greeter, we had our pick of tables. We enjoyed a generous pour of Chardonnay while waiting briefly for our first course, the beet salad. Dinner was served promptly but without feeling rushed. Very tasty with portion sizes neither too large for small. It was a fine evening on Ocean Avenue.