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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: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 210
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    Very good
  • 60
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  • 47
    Poor
  • 32
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great little place ....

This is a great little place, although they could do with using table numbers as a few meals were mixed up on the night we dined. Food was delicious, service pretty good and location great. The owner is a very convivial individual and made the dining experience all the more interesting. Will... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
mrsdizzyg
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Brisbane, Australia
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a great little place, although they could do with using table numbers as a few meals were mixed up on the night we dined. Food was delicious, service pretty good and location great. The owner is a very convivial individual and made the dining experience all the more interesting. Will definitely return.

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Had delicious dinner there but it was a little chilly in spite of heaters. Also would be cool for breakfast as doesn't get the sun at this time of year. Good marina front position though.

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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

My partner and I recently stayed at a nearby hotel for two nights and tried to dine at this cafe three times over our stay. On the first occasion (at about 6.30pm), the cafe was busy and we were advised there was a 20 minute wait or that we could come back later. We asked if we could book for... More 

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Labrador, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

I would love to comment on the food however we did not eat there as apparently booking does not mean anything to this owner. We booked early in the day and when we arrived there was no table available. We were asked to wait along with others who had no booking. After a wait we left. It was very busy... More 

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Hervey Bay, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Been coming to this restaurant for years and years . Why ? Great food , good service and waterfront dining overlooking the harbour and Boat Club. Good extensive menu of quality food with generous portions . Steaks , chicken and seafood all superb ! Dean and staff always go out of there way to please . Would love to see... More 

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Doncaster, Victoria, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We visited Café Balaena twice - lunch on our first Sunday and dinner on our last night. I couldn't fault the service - we were definitely made to feel special - or location and my review is going to go against what was happening - on the Sunday we managed to get the last table for two and every time... More 

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Perth, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We had - at different times - breakfast, lunch and dinner at this lovely, warm, friendly restaurant. We had many meals there in our three weeks in Hervey Bay and every meal we had was excellent. The prices were very reasonable. Even when they were packed out they would make room for customers, if possible, there was a small comfortable... More 

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Melbourne
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62 reviews 62 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

So close to our hotel and the menu is full of great yummy choices. We ate here 4 times in 5 days and pretty happy every time. Fresh food cooked well and the desserts were so good!

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Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Brilliant location - right on the waterfront; the menu has plenty of seafood but does not ignore those of us who prefer something different. One of us had the lamb shanks and drooled over how lovely it was and he was able to add chips (why you wonder) to his serve and it was no problem; two of us had... More 

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Gympie
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Absolutely extensive menu featuring fresh seafood, succulent, perfectly cooked steaks, pastries to die for, a wide variety of magnificent deserts and an utterly inspiring cocktail list. A great place for dinner with friends! Great service too! On the wharf, right next to the Mantra resort, the Urangan Marina and the famous boat ready to take you out to meet the... More 

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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: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Dining on a budget, Doing business, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine

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