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Cafe Balaena

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7 Buccaneer Drive Hervey Bay, Urangan, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
07 4125 4799
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely

I had a lovely time at Cafe Balaena! I went for a birthday dinner and the atmosphere was very nice. Staff are very friendly and welcoming and one of the chefs came out and talked to the guest before the restaurant got busy. Meal servings are quite large and the flourless chocolate cake was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Anne W
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We had several meals here including breakfasts, coffee & cake & take away dinners. The location on the Hervey Bay Marina Pier overlooking the harbour & the whale watching boats is great but we found the food not as great as the view. Cafe Balaena has been serving customers for many years and maybe they were complacent when we were... More 

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Toowoomba
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The best restraint in Hervey Bay! Have eaten there many a time over the last 15 years and this restraint has just got better as the years go by.

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I had a lovely time at Cafe Balaena! I went for a birthday dinner and the atmosphere was very nice. Staff are very friendly and welcoming and one of the chefs came out and talked to the guest before the restaurant got busy. Meal servings are quite large and the flourless chocolate cake was beautiful. Beware of strong cocktails though!!... More 

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Hervey Bay, Australia
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This must be the best restaurant in Hervey Bay the same group of us dined there for the 3rd time this year among many others and it is by far the best dining on a constant basis.The Chef and staff are to be congratulated on presenting well priced and quality meals.Keep up the good work

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Toowoomba, Australia
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This pleasant place beside the marina has a nice ambience and outlook. The service is reasonable( limited when they are very busy). Certainly they try to accommodate very well. The food choices are good but the wime selections are limited and the options are poor

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Brisbane, Australia
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Not much going on in Harvey Bay in winter and coming from Brisbane I thought I could not be impressed by any dining venue, especially on a Tuesday night. Cafe Balaena proved me wrong. My girlfriend and I were pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere, the service and the food. Dean, the manager/owner, greeted all the guests talking to everyone table... More 

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Toowoomba, Australia
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117 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We had a lovely evening at Cafe Balaena on a recent weekend trip to Hervey Bay. An interesting menu, fantastic atmosphere,right on the waterfront, and an owner/ manager who is obviously passionate about his customers. (See photo). He must be the hardest working man in Hervey Bay! He, and in fact all the staff, really make you feel very welcome.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We attended with two friends for an informal dinner. I had Scallops for entree and Coral Trout for Main Course. Both were just delightful. Properly cooked and very tasty and presented with style and grace. The four of us were extremely happy with the meal and mine host Dean was very attentive. Service rated by all as excellent. My thanks... More 

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Liverpool
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Little gem of a restaurant and food/service excellent! Just so friendly and just made my birthday! Best veggie lasagna I've tasted in a long time too! Traveling up East Coast with family as over from UK and first time spent birthday with my daughter who lives over here in 4 years and occasion was made all the better for the... More 

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Hervey Bay, Australia
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Lovely atmosphere right on the water, looking out onto the marina. Good food & service. A licensed restaurant great for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Address: 7 Buccaneer Drive Hervey Bay, Urangan, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
Phone Number: 07 4125 4799
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Fraser Coast  >  Hervey Bay  >  Urangan
Cuisine: Australian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7 Buccaneer Drive Hervey Bay, Urangan, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Fraser Coast  >  Hervey Bay  >  Urangan
  • Phone Number: 07 4125 4799

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, Dining on a budget

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